Showhat and Sowhat

Showhat and Sowhat

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.

ISBN 9789966494542 | 92 pages | 229 x 152 mm | 2007 | Longhorn Publishers, Kenya | Paperback

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About the Author

Taban Lo Liyong

Taban Lo Liyong is a Ugandan poet, critic, novelist, and short-story writer, was born of Ugandan parents in southern Sudan. He received his early education at Gulu High School and the Sir Samuel Baker School, and subsequently studied at a teachers' college in Uganda, at Howard University, USA (BA), and at the University of Iowa, USA, where he was the first African to receive the MFA degree in creative writing and where he cultivated his unconventional writing style. He has taught at several universities, including the University of Papua New Guinea, the University of Nairobi in Kenya, where he co-founded the department of literature with Ngugi wa Thiong'o, and Juba University in Khartoum, Sudan. A former cultural affairs director in southern Sudan, he teaches at the University of Venda in South Africa.

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