BEHIND THE SCENES OF “THINGS FALL APART”WRITTEN BY CHINUA ACHEBE, ADAPTED FOR STAGE AND DIRECTED BY KUNLE ANIMASHAUN

Kunle Animashaun and Dr. Eric Weitz Head Of Department of Drama and Film, Trinity College Dublin

Kunle Animashaun and Dr. Eric Weitz Head Of Department of Drama and Film, Trinity College Dublin

I was invited to  the last rehearsals of the short play of “Things Fall Apart”  directed by the C.E.O of Camino productions Ireland, which will be staged tomorrow  to celebrate the life and works of Late Professor Chinua Achebe , on the 1st of June at the prestigious Driaocht Theatre, Blanchardstown, opposite the Blanchardstown Shopping Centre, Dublin 15. I must say i enjoyed every bit of it. All the characters acted their various parts so well, i was shocked to learn that some of them have never acted before!

THINGS FALL APART tells two overlapping, intertwining stories, both of which center around Okonkwo, a “strong man” of an Ibo village in Nigeria. The first of these stories traces Okonkwo’s fall from grace with the tribal world in which he lives, and in its classical purity of line and economical beauty it provides us with a powerful fable about the immemorial conflict between the individual and society.

The second story, which is as modern as the first is ancient, and which elevates the book to a tragic plane, concerns the clash of cultures and the destruction of Okonkwo’s world through the arrival of aggressive, proselytizing European missionaries. THINGS FALL APART is the most illuminating and permanent monument we have to the modern African experience as seen from within.

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