ISBN 9789956762385
Pages 84
Dimensions 203 x 127mm
Published 2015
Publisher Langaa RPCIG, Cameroon
Format Paperback

The Swamps

by Ekpe Inyang

The Swamps presents a debauched tapestry of an utterly dehumanised Cameroonian society seeking regeneration through s a judicious deployment of myth, history, parables, song, mimicry and dance. The inclusion of these features of orature in this political allegory creates particular moods and atmospheres and lends colour and movement to dramatic action. The structure and function of the play defines the individual's identity within the cosmic context which approximates the past and present. Inyang's analysis of class political behaviour in Cameroon exposes the complete erosion of civil liberties by corrupt and venal elite. He impresses the theatre audience with his dramatic eloquence and the fervour of his commitment, and emblazones his name in the front ranks of alternative theatre. This is a rare theatrical gem that demonstrates a brilliant, sustained invention, with great depth and suggestive power.

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About the Author

Ekpe Inyang

Ekpe Inyang hails from Korup and holds an MSc degree in Environmental Studies from the University of Strathclyde, UK. He has many years of experience, having worked, in different capacities, with the World Wide Fund for Nature, Wildlife Conservation Society, and Pan African Institute for Development—West Africa (PAID-WA) in Cameroon. He is author of several scientific articles and textbooks on environmental education, and has distinguished himself as a committed playwright. The Hill Barbers is his eighth play. His other plays are: Professor Adoniah, Beware, The Sacred Forest, The Swamps, The Game, Water Na Life, and The Last Hope