Plays one

Igweonu, K. (2016) Plays one. Ibadan: Kraft Books. ISBN 9789789183548.

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Abstract

This is the first major collection of plays by Kene Igweonu. He has been described as a ‘young and visionary playwright’ (Professor Sunday Ododo) and ‘one of the most creative talents that have come out of the Performing Arts Department of the University of Ilorin’ (Professor Olu Obafemi). The longer length plays show him to be a moralist, with a passion for social change, employing Brechtian techniques that inspired post-Soyinka writers such as Femi Osofisan and Bode Sowande, who were adapting committed theatre for a popular audience, providing counter-narratives to established myths and norms. Like the major plays of Osofisan, Igweonu challenges Soyinka’s notion of an individual saviour of exceptional qualities and opts for a communitarian solution to society’s ills. Hence Igweonu’s plays deal with the perennial problems of leadership and followership, and the attendant individual and collective responsibility that comes with it. In short, this collection represents Igweonu at the beginning of his writing career. Despite the variety of artistic approaches, the themes of leadership and followership and of moral responsibility are constants in this his preliminary body of work.

Item Type: Book
Subjects: P Language and Literature > PL Languages and literatures of Eastern Asia, Africa, Oceania
P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General)
P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN1560 The performing arts. Show business
P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN1600 Drama
P Language and Literature > PR English Literature > PR0621 Drama
Divisions: Faculty of Arts and Humanities > School of Music and Performing Arts
Depositing User: Dr Kene Igweonu
Date Deposited: 06 Jan 2017 15:06
Last Modified: 06 Jan 2017 15:06
URI: https://create.canterbury.ac.uk/id/eprint/14770

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