Newspaper Reportage of Theatre Performance in Nigeria
This paper examines Nigerian newspaper reportage of live theatre production in Nigeria. The study adopted content analysis to examine the content of newspaper stories on theatre performance in Nigeria. A total of three newspapers namely New Telegraph, The Guardian and National Mirror were purposively selected based on their national coverage. Semi-structured interviews were also held to augment newspaper stories selected. The researcher was only interested in newspaper art columns which feature different art genres such as drama, movie (film, television), festivals, dance, book review, culture (celebrations, revue), media, music, visual arts, stand-up comedy, and other related genres. Overall, the result showed very scant reportage of live theatre productions in the national dailies during the period of study when compared to other genres of entertainment, like music video and film in the country. The study also identifies the factors inhibiting the reportage of theatre performances and advances possible solutions to them.