By Ama Ata Aidoo (1970)
"For 'Aunt Abasema' who told a story and sang a song."
The story takes place at Yebi, in the 1870s; on a highway, about two years later; and in the big house at Oguaa, years later still.
The characters in the story are:
|ANOWA||a young woman who grows up|
|KOFI AKO||her man who expands|
|OSAM||her father who smokes his pipe|
|BADUA||her mother who complains at the beginning and cries at the end|
|BOY||a young slave|
|GIRL||a young slave|
|PANYIN-NA-KAKRA||boy twins, also slaves|
|OTHER MEN AND WOMEN|
The story is played by
Caroline Astles, Ian Cryer, Jill Dowse, Jeremy Killick, Sue Lester, Katie Normington, Sean Sadler, Mary Strong, Paul Trudgian, Matthew Wright.
The story is directed by
Technical Supervision by
Set Design and Construction: Naomi Cooke, Phil Hayward
Properties and Furniture: Andy Martin
Masks: Paul Allain
Costumes: Sarah Lindley, Ben Pinches, Vanessa Stanton
Lighting: Zoe Fuller, Patrick Morris
Sound: Neil Cook, Kate Hale
Tony Addicott, The Ghanaian Embassy, Philip Cobson and Aklowa, The Puppet Centre, Ninian Kinnier-Wilson, Ursula from Phoenix, Devon Goat Association.
First performance in the UK.
Performed by 2nd Year Combined Honours Drama Students in the Washington Singer Studio.