ISBN 9789966494542
Pages 92
Dimensions 229 x 152 mm
Published 2007
Publisher Longhorn Publishers, Kenya
Format Paperback

Showhat and Sowhat

by Taban Lo Liyong

This play explores the lives of two divergent families: the Showhats and the Sowhats. Showhat is a boisterous arrogant bully with little regard for the less privileged but philosophical Sowhat. Their worlds clash when Sowhat's daughter falls pregnant to Showhats son. Enraged, Sowhat attacks Showhat who retaliates leading to an arrest. In an odd judgement Showhat must move in with Mrs Sowhat and vice versa. Meanwhile, the children retreat peacefully to their haven: the Sacred Grove. Taban exposes the complexity of the adult world and juxtaposes it with the simplicity and serenity that defines childhood. The play is a multifaceted parable that pours scorn on the consumerism of the rich in society without sparing the vanity of empty sloganeering of the philosophical poor.

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About the Author

Taban Lo Liyong

Taban lo Liyong (born 1939) is a South Sudanese/Ugandan writer, author of over twenty books spanning poetry, plays, stories, essays, children's books, literary criticism and folktales. His work bristles with satire, roguish comedy and a spirit of defiance. He has taught in universities in Africa, Asia, North America, and Europe, and is currently a professor at the University of Juba, South Sudan.

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