• Short Summary

    A FULL-DRESS REHEARSAL OF THE PLAY "THE LION AND THE JEWEL" WAS STAGED AT THE DRAMA STUDIO IN ACCRA ON FRIDAY (25 AUGUST) NIGHT.

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    A FULL-DRESS REHEARSAL OF THE PLAY "THE LION AND THE JEWEL" WAS STAGED AT THE DRAMA STUDIO IN ACCRA ON FRIDAY (25 AUGUST) NIGHT. THE PLAY WAS WRITTEN BY WOLE SOYINKA, A WELL-KNOWN NIGERIAN PLAYWRIGHT AND POET, WHO WAS ARRESTED IN LAGOS ON THURSDAY (24 AUGUST).

    "THE LION AND THE JEWEL" IS BASED ON A CONFLICT BETWEEN TWO MEN -- A VILLAGE SCHOOLTEACHER AND A VILLAGE HEADMAN WHO ARE IN LOVE WITH THE SAME GIRL.

    WOLE SOYINKA HAS WON A NUMBER OF LITERARY PRIZES FOR DRAMA. ONE OF HIS PLAYS "THE ROAD" FEATURED PROMINENTLY AT THE NEGRO ARTS FESTIVAL IN DAKAR, SENEGAL.

    AN AMERICAN STAGE PRODUCTION COMPANY WHICH PERFORMS HIS PLAYS IN THE UNITED STATES HAS APPEALED TO FEDERAL MILITARY LEADER, MAJOR GENERAL YAKUBU GOWON TO FREE HIM AND GUARANTEE HIS PERSONAL SAFETY.

    "THE LION AND THE JEWEL" WAS PRAISED BY CRITICS IN LONDON WHEN IT WAS PRESENTED AT THE ROYAL COURT THEATRE.

    THE PLAY IS SET IN ILIJUNLE, A SMALL VILLAGE IN WESTERN NIGERIA. IT IS IN THIS VILLAGE THAT THE SCHOOLTEACHER TRIES TO WIN THE LOVE OF SIDI, THE VILLAGE GIRL, BUT LOSES HER TO BAROKA THE HEADMAN.

    THE GHANA PLAYHOUSE. WHICH IS STAGING THE PLAY, WAS FORMED IN MAY 1963 TO PROMOTE THE THEATRE IN THE COUNTRY IN THE COUNTRY AND PORTRAY AFRICAN CULTURE IN THE FORM OF DRAMATIC ART.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA6PA2O37QD3OO6VLF1Y8ZYBRHE
    Media URN:
    VLVA6PA2O37QD3OO6VLF1Y8ZYBRHE
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    25/08/1967
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:22:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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