The Lion and the Jewel play at Ebunjan Theatre

On Friday, 4th of June, the Ebunjan Theatre’s stage came alive by a performance of the play The Lion and the Jewel.
The Lion and the Jewel is a play by Wole Soyinka that dramatizes the courtship of a beautiful woman named Sidi by two very different suitors. The first, Lakunle, is a helpless schoolteacher who professes a modern marriage. The other, Baroka, the elderly, is a polygamist village leader and wants to withhold the tradition. Sidi, in the end, rejects both men. Lakunle for refusing to pay her bride price and Baroka because of his age. The play highlights the conflict between the importance of keeping the local tradition and the wish of the younger generation to adapt to the modern way of living, brought with colonialism and therefore forgetting about the heritage of their forefathers. The play is written by Wole Soyinka, who won a Nobel prize award for literature.
The opening Gala Fund Raising Performance was organized to support seven repetitions taking place in June. Performances will be free to attend for the students who will take the WAEC 2021 Literature-in-English Examination. The Lion and the Jewel is one of the literary works of the mentioned examination. This is Mrs Janet Badjan – Young’s way of supporting the students. The owner of the theatre and director of the play believes drama belongs on the stage to be seen and not in a book to be read.

You are welcome to attend any of the following repetitions, which will take place every Friday and Saturday in June from 6 pm (prompt) to 8 pm at Ebunjan Theatre:

  • 11.5.2021, Friday
  • 12.5.2021, Saturday
  • 18.5.2021, Friday
  • 19.5.2021, Saturday
  • 25.5.2021, Friday
  • 26.5.2021, Saturday

The price for the ticket is D500 and D1000 for VIP or Patron ticket. If you want to support the cause even more, ask for the special guest ticket (D2000).

Tickets are available at Timbooktoo Bookshop during business hours or in Ebunjan Theatre from 5 pm to 8 pm.

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