Light in the Village
Premiered by the Traverse Theatre at the 1991 Edinburgh Festival and also to be staged at the Hampstead Theatre, London, this play arose from the extended visit John Clifford made to India. The play opens with the goddess Kali addressing the audience in a broad Scots accent and moves on to present a parable about a poor Indian family and their corrupt masters - one of whom seeks to bring light to the village by harnessing it to the electricity grid, but whose attitude to his underlings is the opposite of enlightenment.
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Wonderful, wonderful play! I loved it when I first read it years ago, loved it when I staged it soon after, and still find it a devastating critique of so-called development efforts in third world societies. I want to stage this again! The story of the spider and the tiger is most affecting!
Congratulations, John Clifford, wherever you are!