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    Theatre (4)

  • The Three of Us

    Both wickedly entertaining and thought-provoking.
    I couldn’t stop turning the page!
    ~ Lizzie Damilola Blackburn

    Long-standing tensions between a husband, his wife, and her best friend finally come to a breaking point in this sharp domestic comedy of manners, told brilliantly over the course of one day.

    What if the two most important people in your life hated each other with a passion?

    The wife has it all. A big house in a nice neighbourhood, a ride-or-die snarky friend with whom to laugh about facile men, and an affectionate husband who loves her above all else. The only thing missing from this portrait is a baby. But motherhood is a serious undertaking, especially for the wife who has valued her selfhood above all else.

    On a seemingly normal day, the best friend comes over to spend a lazy afternoon with the wife. But when the husband comes home and a series of confessions are made that threaten to throw everything off balance, the wife’s two confidantes are suddenly forced to jockey for their positions. Told in three taut, mesmerizing parts—the wife, the husband, the best friend—the day quickly unfolds to show how the trio’s dented visions of each other finally unravel, throwing everyone’s integrity into question – and their long-drawn-out territorial dance, carefully constructed over pivotal years, into utter chaos.

    At once subversively comical, wildly astute, and painfully compulsive, The Three of Us explores cultural truths, what it means to defy them, and the fine line between compromise and betrayal, ultimately asking: who are we if not for the stories we tell ourselves about ourselves, and the people we’re meant to love?

    The Three of Us

  • A Painful Decision (Drama on Female Circumcision)

    Age Range: 6 – 12 years

    Africans have many customary practices. Sometime ago, these customs certainly had some advantages. With the passage of time, however, some of these practices have outlived their usefulness, not to mention the aim they are often associated with. Hence, there is the need for us to either modify these customary practices or abandon them altogether.

    It will be discovered, in this play, the great pain and suffering that female circumcision brings to our women.

    We do not dispute the fact that it is one of the legacies bequeathed to us by our forebears. Nonetheless, what prevents us from abandoning it since there is nothing to gain from it now or in future? The time has come for us to become selective in the practice of our customs so that only what brings progress to us is maintained.

  • A Play of Giants

    Described by the author as a ‘Fantasia on Aminian theme’, Wole Soyinka’s new play presents a savage portrait of a group of dictatorial African leaders at bay in an embassy in New York. The resemblance between them and recent historical characters is only too pronounced.

  • Obeede (Akuapem Twi)

    “Obeede” is an imaginary story based on the traditions, culture, customs, and the mode of the life of the Akan people.

    The book reveals the thoughts, beliefs, and superstitions of the Akan people in connection with their gods and life in the unseen world of our past ancestors.

    The “hero” (Kwabena Boakye) who was later known as “Obeede” represents the Akan “Ntorɔ” or “Bogya” a hunter, mysteriously fell into a deep coma and found himself in the unseen world. After many horrid experiences and adventures in that unseen world, he was later roused from his coma.

    The story is written in a beautiful language with rare words used in catchy phrases and idiomatic expressions

  • The Mystery of A Cockcrow: A Play in Three Acts

    The Mystery of a Cockrow, a play in three acts, is centered in a small village and lays bare the full miseries of matrilineal inheritance in the Ghanaian Society.

  • Zanne Fo Kɔkɔre (Dagaare)

    ZANNE FO KƆKƆRE waa la gane n ba Saeed A. Faruk naŋ sɛge ka ka o meŋ soŋ bibiiri a Dagaare/Waale zannoo a sakue poɔ. A gane kɔlage la sɛgebie, yelbipeelɛ, yelbie nyaabo, yelbie gaŋgyere, yelŋmaa, yelgbɔge, gane sɛgebo, senselɛ, naaloŋ, kyiire, dannoŋ, yaabaa, bibiiri deɛnɛɛ, kultaa ne wɛltaa ane ataa. Ƞmaa lɛ, a gane waa ŋa ɔre-kunkuni, ka fo maŋ wele sɛre kyɛ nyɛ moɔma.

    A gane ŋa soma la a ko JHS, SHS, Kolaagyi ane Karemamine ane neɛzaa naŋ boɔra ka Dagaare/Waale kɔkɔre zannoo do saa. O la soma la a ko noba naŋ zanna ka ba wa leɛ karemamine.  Yeli naŋ vɛŋ ka ZANNE FO KƆKƆRE gane ŋa de zu o taaba zuŋ la N ba Saeed naŋ kyaane a yebizuri mine ne naasaale. A dori kaŋa meŋ zaa baaraaŋ, meŋa nyonnoo soorebie maŋ be la be.

  • The Son of Umbele: A Play in Three Acts

    “…the contents of the play revealed a brilliant mind at work in an attempt to deal with some basic ambiguities of human existence,” wrote Julius S. Scott Jnr. of Spelma College-Atlanta, when he saw an American production of The Son of Umbele.

    Indeed, this Ghana National Book Award winner has endeared itself to theatre enthusiasts as well as scholars since its premier at the Ghana Drama studio in 1972.

    Bill Marshall’s sensitivity to realities of the human existence and the conflicts of the mind is eloquently manifest in his writing, be it a novel, a TV Drama or a Stage play.

    The author appeared on the Ghanaian Arts scene in 1966 when he joined GBC-TV and helped to establish the Drama Department of the Television Station. He worked with the Corporation for several years, writing, production and directing plays for Television, He subsequently left for the private sector, working for Lintas Ghana Limited and in his own company, Studio Africain. In 1984, he was appointed the Director of the National Film and Television Institute (NAFTI) in Ghana.

    Other published works by the author are Novels: Bukom, Brother Man, The Oyster Man, Uncle Blanko’s Chair; Plays: Shadows of an Eagle, Stranger to Innocence Asana, The Crows and Other plays.

  • The Importance of Being Earnest & Other Plays (Macmillan Popular Classics)

    Around the World in Eighty Days, one of his most popular books, was first serialized in late 1872 in a French newspaper. An instant success, the novel details the round-the-world adventures of the affluent Englishman Phileas Fogg who, accompanied by his French valet Passepartout, sets out on an impossible journey for a wager of £20,000. This groundbreaking novel has since been adapted numerous times for the theatre, television, radio and cinema.

  • Shakespeare’s Hamlet

    This edition is unabridged and suitable for SHS level. Comes with notes and important questions and answers.

    One of the greatest plays of all time, the compelling tragedy of the tormented young prince of Denmark continues to capture the imaginations of modern audiences worldwide. Confronted with evidence that his uncle murdered his father, and with his mother’s infidelity, Hamlet must find a means of reconciling his longing for oblivion with his duty as avenger. The ghost, Hamlet’s feigned madness, Ophelia’s death and burial, the play within a play, the “closet scene” in which Hamlet accuses his mother of complicity in murder, and breathtaking swordplay are just some of the elements that make Hamlet an enduring masterpiece of the theater.

  • The Legend of Aku Sika – A Play

    Nanayere Ama accuses her husband the King of disrespecting her, his ancestral throne and the gods, because he plans to marry Aku, a maiden who is short of a limb. The King denies this allegation of deformity in Aku, and so he is asked to summon the young women before the townsfolk to reveal her arm. He will be dethroned in disgrace if it is true and Nanayere will lose her life if Aku is not deformed.


  • Stranger to Innocence – A Play

    Stranger to Innocence is an intriguing short play, which treats the daily motions, frustrations, joys and aspirations of an African priestly family. This is the house where a stranger, Tawa, who has been fleeing from his own sins, seeks to find refuge. In the end, lessons of remorse and forgiveness are yet to be fully understood especially by young minds like Alaba, daughter of the priest.

    The play exhibits the author’s artistic simplicity in the use of dramatic language, which has endeared this play to wide theatre audiences.

    It is not surprising that it is popular among many drama groups and schools in the country.

    Stranger to Innocence is one of Bill Marshall’s early plays, from which a lot of inspiration is drawn.

  • Shadow of An Eagle – A Play

    “Hope and Desire alone have no virtue. It is the fulfilment of our aspirations that brings satisfaction.”

    This quote from the play, Shadow of An Eagle, evidently reveals Bill Marshall’s depth as a playwright.

    The play depicts the lifestyle of an African family in peculiar circumstances in a rural setting. It explores the tension and feeble frustrations, which can occur in a family.

    Being one of the earlier plays of Bill Marshall, which were widely patronized by schools and colleges and broadcast on the BBC African Theatre, Shadow of An Eagle uses the symbolism of the eagle in Ghanaian mythology to highlight the need for the youth to aspire to higher heights.

    Just like the hero who refuses to relapse into degeneration, which he finds at home on his return from his foreign exploits, Bimpo hopes that members of his family would shed their past frustrations, brace themselves up and take to the sky like eagles.

  • Edufa – A Play

    “Ask the town. They know who Edufa is and what he’s worth. They can count you out my value in the houses that eat because I live. They rise in deference from their chairs when they say my name. And can a man allow himself to lose grip on that?”

    Edufa’s obsession with maintaining his position of privilege leads him to barter his wife’s life against loss of prestige.

    Efua T. Sutherland did a great deal to encourage the theatre in Ghana. She began the Ghana Experimental Theatre and the Ghana Drama Studio, and wrote many plays for adults and children, including The Marriage of Anansewa.

  • The Marriage of Anansewa – A Play

    Anansewa: As for some old chief with fifty wives, that won’t do at all.

    Ananse (with cunning): Supposing it isn’t some old chief but the finely built, glowing black, large-eyed, handsome as anything, courageous and famous Chief-Who-is-Chief?

    Ananse the cunning spider man is the hero of countless Ghanaian legends. But this Ananse gets entangled in his own web of deceit when his scheme to get rick quick backfires, and disaster stares him in the face. The only way out is for his daughter to die…

    Efua T. Sutherland did a great deal to encourage the theatre in Ghana. She began the Ghana Experimental Theatre and the Ghana Drama Studio, and wrote many plays for adults and children, including Edufa.

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