African Israeli Stage (AIS)
The Lion and the Jewel
Pjäs: Wole Soyinka, Nobelpristagare, 1986
Regi: Yaffa-Shein Schuster
Musik: Arkadi Duchin
På Södra Teatern, Mosebacke Torg 1–3, Stockholm
Måndag, Tisdag Den 20 & 21 februari 2012
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African Israeli Stage (AIS) presenterar The Lion and the Jewel
Afrikanskt drama som konfronterar modernt tänkade med traditionella ritualer och seder, i byn Ilujinle på ett humuristiskt sätt. Med sång och dans leds också kampen mellan män och kvinnor i byn samt de äldre och yngre till det oväntade slutet.
Pjäsen spelas på engelska men Yael Feiler som är fil. dr i Teatervetenskap kommer att inledningsvis redogöra för händelseförloppet på svenska.
*** Three Stars at the Edinburgh Festival 2007
“…a cautionary tale displaying how pride comes before a fall and how the young think themselves worldly the cunning old fox….” *** www.One4review.Com ***
“…performing Wole Soyinka’s The Lion and the Jewel…how will an Israeli cast interpret this Nigerian play to a Nigerian audience?…African-Israeli Stage offers a rainbow cast…the cast deserves the applause they got from the audience…the show itself is a gift offering for the Nigerian theatre audience”
(Thisday Sunday, 21/11/2010, p. 82)
“Members of staff and students of the Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile Ife, were last Saturday thrilled by Israelis who staged Wole Soyinka’s popular play The Lion and the Jewel….a remarkable performance…”
(The Nation 25/11/ 2010 p.37)
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About the play
Written by Africa’s well known dramatist, Wole Soyinka, the play has its setting in the village of Ilunjunle in Yoruba West Africa. It was published in 1963 by Oxford University Press.
The play is characterized by culture conflict, ribald comedy and love, where the old culture represented by the uneducated people in Ilunjunle, led by Baroka, Sidi and the rest, clashes with the new culture led by Lakunle, who is educated, school teacher by profession is influenced by the western ways. Like the title suggests, The Lion and the Jewel (Three Crowns Book) is symbolic. The lion is Baroka and the jewel is Sidi. She is the village belle. The lion seeks to have the jewel.
The play starts with Lakunle pouring out his heart to Sidi but she does not want to pay attention. If only Lakunle can pay dowry then she would marry him. But to Lakunle, that’s being barbaric, outdated and ignorant. If he could only make her understand. Sidi does not pay attention. To her a girl for who dowry is not paid for will be hiding her shame for she will not be known as a virgin.
Her beauty has captured many souls, besides Lakunle. Baroka has many wives though, despite his wanting Sidi for a wife. Sadiku is Baroka’s head wife. As custom suggests, the last wife of the previous bale/chief becomes the head wife of the new chief once succeeded. Her duty as a head wife is to lure any woman Baroka pleases to have into getting her. Sidi turns off Baroka’s proposal in the most demeaning way, through his head wife. Sadiku rather glad about Baroka’s confession tells the news to Sidi. Sidi goes to see Baroka on the grounds that she did not intend to reject his invitation and proposal well knowing that he would not be capable of doing anything. In an unexpected turn of events, Baroka manages to seduce her and win her over Lakunle.