Tussles. Collected Plays: Collected Plays

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African Books Collective, 2009 - Drama - 171 pages
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This collection groups together four plays - The Bite, Things Fall in Place, The Will and The Imprisonment of Sende Ghandi - written between 1995 and 2006. The plays in this volume dramatize a comprehensive world view. Through characters and themes chosen for their power to articulate the intended message, the plays paint a convincing and at times funny picture of human beings tussling with daily life. With clearly non-reductionist purpose, the actions all eschew the narrow minority questions so dominant in Cameroon Anglophone drama and instead reach out to concerns of a broader nature. In these plays Nyamndi does more than entertain. He reaches into the psychology of human relations and individual drives, and intimates responses to occasioned challenges. His wide, penetrating mind meanders in society: detecting the drunk before he takes his first drop; uncovering the embezzler even before he lays his hands on the collective holding; steeling the masses before the calamities of misrule descend on them; hoisting the flag of freedom long before revolutionaries come anywhere near the mast. He uses the play for healing purposes.
 

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Contents

Preface
ix
In Lobes office
4
At the Club
8
In Abods home
13
In an emergency ward
16
In Abods house
19
In Lobes office
21
In the Club
24
In the DCs office
79
Marketplace
84
In Okonkwos compound
87
Late Libongs dining room
94
Libong Group boardroom
102
Libongs house
106
Boardroom
120
In the Libong kitchen
123

Abod alone on stage
30
Near Titas house
31
In Titas house
37
Market square
48
Marketplace
50
In Okonkwos compound
54
In Okonkwos house
63
Church
67
In Okonkwos house
73
Village square
76
Public square
132
On Ewangs farm
137
Cooperative Building
140
In charge office
144
On Nonobits farm
153
Innocent Sundays office
160
In Nonobits farm
164
In Innocent Sundays office
168
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