The Beautiful Ones Are Not Yet Born
Sat, Nov 14 7:30PM - Sun, Nov 15 10:00PM
University of Ghana, Drama Studio University of Ghana Accra, Ghana
The play vividly captures the existential anguish of a man who struggles to remain clean when everyone else around him is exuberantly plunging into rottenness; while describing a seemingly endless spiral of corruption, moral decadence and spiritual death in post-independence Ghana.
Putting “The Beautyful Ones” on stage is aimed at repackaging Ayi Kwei Armah’s prose narratives in the medium of drama in order to make the classics of African Literature come back alive to an audience who are more fascinated with the audio-visual than with the subliminal activity of reading.The moral, ethical and biblical issues in the book are as relevant today as they were in 1966, the period of the setting of the Play and though somewhat pessimistic in outlook, the story still envisages a future of hope where Ghana would be rid of corruption and inferiority complexes and our societies run by the “beautiful ones”.
The play unfolds in a seamless tapestry of narratives, dialogues, enactments, music and dance and it is as enchanting as it is refreshing, very different from the numerous stage dramas we have seen. The production is meant to be the first in a series of play productions interpreting African “Classic” prose narratives in dramatic form in the style of traditional African drama, thus employing the expertise of the National Dance Company, The music Department/National Symphony Orchestra, and Abibigromma all in the aim of addressing the seeming dearth of content in Ghanaian Play Production.