Mother, Sing for Me
People's Theatre in Kenya

Bjorkman, Ingrid
Publisher:  Zed
Year Published:  1989  
Pages:  224pp   ISBN:  0-86232-671-0
Resource Type:  Book
Cx Number:  CX18819

This play, acted by the villagers of Kamiriithu, was banned after a few public rehearsals. The Kenyan authorities subsequently ordered the total destruction of the village cultural centre which had been the play's birthplace. The thousands who saw the rehearsals recognized the play's message that the oppression of colonial times still bore down on them in the 1980s and the key to freedom lay in rejecting the divisive myth of tribalism and uniting as Kenyans.

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