How Anansi Brings the Drum premieres in November African History Month

Prominent playwright poet and storyteller Eintou Pearl Springerpremieres her new play How Anansi Bring the Drum on November 24 at the UWI Open Campus on Gordon Street in St Augustine The play will run for two nights in Trinidad at 7pm and on Saturday at the Goodwood High School in Tobago Tobagonians will enjoy two shows at 4pm and 7pm

Prominent playwright, poet and storyteller Eintou Pearl Springer premieres her new play 'How Anansi Bring the Drum' on November 24 at the UWI Open Campus on Gordon Street in St. Augustine. The play will run for two nights in Trinidad at 7pm, and on Saturday at the Goodwood High School in Tobago. Tobagonians will enjoy two shows, at 4pm and 7pm.

The play is adapted for stage by Eintou from one of her original stories as part of a new Youth Theatre initiative of the Trinidad and Tobago National Commission for UNESCO and in commemoration of the United Nations Year for People of African Heritage. 

The Anansi stories originated in Ghana.  They have been one of the best known and best loved examples of African retention among African
people in the Caribbean. Historically, Anansi stories in the Caribbean have portrayed Anansi as lazy, greedy and possessing a low cunning. In contrast, Anansi's roots in Ghana where he is Kwaku Anansi and closely linked with the Sky God Nyame are not generally known and stressed. ‘How Anansi Bring the Drum' seeks to reconnect to that original history and bring Anansi into sharper focus in Trinidad and Tobago's own story of retention of African cultural practices.

The cast features students from schools throughout Trinidad and Tobago who have been working together for the past four months, learning about theatre and about Trinidad and Tobago's rich legacy of African heritage.

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