The Slaves explores the theme of power using an isolated event of the Transatlantic Slave Trade. The original version was written in 1972, when Mohammed Ben-Abdallah was in the final year at University of Ghana, and was first produced at the University of Ghana. In the same year, it became the first non-American play to win the Randolph Edmonds Award of the National Association for Speech and Dramatic Arts in the USA. It has since been performed many times and has received critical acclaim in Ghana and abroad.
This expanded and richly enhanced version of the play is enriched by ben-Abdallah’s vast experience as a major African playwright and director, and by the techniques of Abibigoro mastered by the veteran Ghanaian artist over years of dedicated experimental work.
This version of The Slaves was first presented at the University of Ghana and at the National Theatre of Ghana as part of of the programme of dramatic presentations in celebration of Ghana’s 50th Independence Anniversary in 2017.