"How Anansi Bring the Drum" is the title of the new play written by Eintou Pearl Springer as part of a special project to develop a National Youth Theatre. Eintou also wrote the play as part of her contribution to the United Nations International Year in honour of Persons of African Heritage. The play will be performed in November, African History month.
The story celebrates those elements of African culture which still influence us in Trinidad and Tobago and uses Anansi as the vehicle to transmit the information.
Anansi is the well known iconic creature from Ghana. Unfortunately, the essential character and moral lesson of Anansi were corrupted and misinterpreted during enslavement. In the play, we therefore follow Anansi on a journey of self-discovery here in Trinidad and Tobago, while Eintou makes sure to place Anansi within his proper historical context.
As Anansi proceeds on his journey, our Folk Characters, elements of traditional Mas and local heroes and heroines, help to set him on the right path. The play is filled with original songs, storytelling, music, dance and of course drama, all set against the backdrop of a created set.
The play is the vehicle for teaching important life lessons, providing historical facts and developing an understanding of making the right choices in life.
We at Idakeda are thankful to Ms. Susan Shurland of UNESCO for her support of this project, as we are indeed proud to be able to support the organisations' Associated Schools Project Network (ASPnet).
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