Mobile ACs for National Theatre will be bought by January – Director

The Executive Director of the National Theatre, Amy Appiah-Frimpong has said that the management has gone through all the processes to acquire new mobile air conditioners.

According to her the air conditioners will arrive at the theatre latest by January 2018.

“We have just finished the procurement of free standing air conditioners to supplement what we currently have in place. So hopefully when you come in here in January, new air conditioner will be in place and you would have a better experience,” she stated.

She said this at the launch of its 25th anniversary on 19th December, 2017 at the foyer of the National Theatre.

Earlier in November, the Deputy Executive Director of the National Theatre, Tawfik Prah, told Citi Showbiz that authorities were going to buy some mobile air conditioners to augment the faulty ones.

“Admittedly, the theatre itself has the air conditioning system in place but we just need to augment it so that we can stay in our best capacity for any of the programmes that come our way. So in the interim, we trying to procure 10 horsepower mobile air conditioners in order to augment what we have,” he hinted.

This was after some people in the entertainment industry had bemoaned the unbearable heat in the auditorium of the theatre and had suggested that the authorities closed it down until the malfunctioning air conditioners were fixed.

Patrons of the theatre complain of heat in the auditorium during programmes and this, according to authorities is because the central air conditioning system which was fixed 25 years ago when the theatre was built, currently work below capacity.

The National Theatre, opened in 1992 was built by the Chinese and offered as a gift to Ghana. The theatre is governed by the National Theatre Law 1991, PNDC Law 259.

It has a building area of 11,896 square metres (128,050 square feet), and is sited near the junction of the Independence Avenue and Liberia Road. The building has a complicated construction moulding and novel exterior features. When looked at from a distance, the whole structure looks like a gigantic ship or a seagull spreading its wings.

The building houses the three resident companies of the National Dance Company, the National Symphony Orchestra, and the National Theatre Players.

By: Kwame Dadzie/


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