Women of Owu


The Centre for Theatre, Dance & Performance Studies in collaboration with the Baxter Theatre is proud to present their latest production, Women of Owu. Femi Osofisan’s remarkable Nigerian adaptation of The Trojan Women. It is set in the ancient city of Owu, described by the playwright in the note on the play’s genesis, as a model of prosperity and organization.  In about 1821 the combined armies of two Yoruba kingdoms, Ijebu and Ife along with Oyo refugees recruited as mercenaries, entered Owu after a seven-year siege, and sacked the city. In the third year of the siege, the rains stopped, weakening the once formidable city and strengthening the Allied Forces camped on the other side of the city walls. When they entered the city in the seventh year, they razed  Owu to the ground, reduced it to rubble, set fire to it and killed all the male inhabitants, capturing the women of Owu as the spoils of war. The play takes place a day after the sacking of the city and in our rendition of this west African adaptation, set in a dystopic African future are the echoes of a timeless lament.  Through their rituals of protest, we come to witness the unspeakable trauma of the Women of Owu, and their tactics of subversion. 

Co-directed by: Iman Isaacs & Mwenya Kabwe
Musical direction: Babalwa Zimbini Makwetu

Cast: CTDPS 4th Final Year Acting Students
Abigail Avidon, Lisekho Bulabula, Sidne Barnett, Tayla-Rose Bisset, Nomakhosi Meveni, Caitlyn da Aparecida, Adan Fagan, Dean Goldblum, Mpumelelo Phanginxiwa, Nahum Hughes, Cwenga Koyana, Bianca Lakey, Oratile Ndimande, Daniel Newton, Lyle October, Stian Oosthuizen, Lernice Parker, Tim Stadler, James Stoffberg & Lisa Tredoux

Costume: Leigh Bishop
Lighting: Benever Arendse
Set: Lungile Cindi

Wed, 27 Oct 2021 - 18:00
Thu, 28 Oct 2021 - 18:00
Fri, 29 Oct 2021 - 18:00
Sat, 30 Oct 2021 - 18:00

27 - 30 Oct

Flipside Theatre

5 Performances only

Evenings at 18:00
Sat Matinee at 14:00



Full Price

Seniors & Students R75

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