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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.
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BILL MARSHALL is the recipient of several awards, both at home and abroad, for his creative pursuits both as a writer and a producer.
After his studies in the UK, he joined the Ghana Broadcasting Corporation-Television as a producer. From GBC-TV he joined Lintas Ghana for four years before establishing Studio Africain, of which he was the Managing Director.
He was appointed Director of the National Film and Television Institute (NAFTI), a post he held for twelve years before retiring.
Bill Marshall is a fellow of the Ghana Association of Writers (GAW) and the Pan African Writers Association (PAWA). Over the decades, his writings have been wide and diverse spanning film and television, radio, the press and books.
His published works include three plays: Shadow of an Eagle. Stranger to Innocence and The Son of Umbele and Bukom, a novel.