Counter Discourse in Wole Soyinka's 'Revision' of Euripides' The Bacchae

Kasule, Samuel
March 2010
African Performance Review;2010, Vol. 4 Issue 1, p51
Academic Journal
The interrogation and expansion of post-colonial theatre has introduced to the theatrical repertoire multiple African playwrights previously unknown in the West most notably Wole Soyinka, Femi Osofisan, and Athol Fugard who have adapted classical texts. Soyinka appropriates 'classical' oral aspects from Africa/Yoruba cultures aspects of performance that he puts in his plays. The aim of this article is to highlight some of the salient features of Wole Soyinka's 'revision' of Euripides' play, The Bacchae. It compare Wole Soyinka's delineation of space. It briefly looks at postcolonial actor's reflection on his experience performing a postcolonial adaptation of a classic on a European stage.


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