Award-winning Actor, Adjetey Anang has disclosed that despite attending multiple rehearsals and performing on stage, he did not receive any payment for his role in a theatre production, making it the lowest form of payment he has received for his work.
Speaking on the financial realities faced by actors in Ghana’s theatre industry, Anang who is popularly known as Pusha revealed his personal experience in the industry as a prime example on TV3 New Day.
Although he did not mention the specific production, his remarks shed light on the pressing issue within the industry.
“The lowest amount is nothing. There just wasn’t money and we were hoping that you know when the box office speaks we would be paid,” he explained.
When questioned further about whether the box office revenues eventually materialized into payment, Ananng responded, stating, “It spoke, but it was transportation.” amidst laughter from all the panellists.
His answer highlighted the unfortunate reality of relying on minimal compensation for expenses such as transportation, rather than receiving fair remuneration for the creative work performed.
The revelation made by Adjetey Ananng raises concerns about the financial state of Ghana’s theatre industry and the challenges faced by its practitioners.
While the arts are an integral part of the country’s cultural fabric, subsequent governments have failed to nurture the industry and reneged on promises to build a more sustainable and rewarding environment for theatre practitioners.
Oversight bodies including the Ministry of Creative Arts and Creative Arts Council have also not made any significant contributions in fostering partnerships, seeking funding opportunities, and implementing policies that value the artistic labour involved.
According to the International Labour Commission, the theatre industry is considered as one of the vital stakeholders n the entertainment landscape, showcasing the talent and creativity of actors, playwrights, directors, and other professionals.
However, the financial struggles encountered by individuals like Ananng highlight the need for greater investment and support from both the public and private sectors.
Adjetey Ananng’s revelation serves as a call to action for all those invested in the growth and development of Ghana’s theatre industry.
And it is expected that the discussions on the state of Ghana’s theatre industry will spur positive change and pave the way for a more vibrant and sustainable future for theatre in the country.