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    Subject: Re: Edufa:
    Date: Nov 5, 2012
    Sender: Emmanuel KalosPrevious | Next

    well reading Mr. Yeboah's response first of all i am thrilled by such in-depth knowlege in African literature, i am a student of the School of performing Arts currently in my final year and studying Edufa as a requirement, so far, my expectation from plays has been met by "EDUFA". unlike some plays like Caryl churchill's cloud nine, the Zoo story etc which barely have any moral or lesson to teach, Edufa has a lot to offer to the Ghanaian and African as a whole. maybe Tanzer is a white and let say had his father among the heartless colonial master that came to rob us of our goods, that is why he is rubbishing the play. i learnt they are taught that in Afric apeople live on trees yet they export cements for us to buy. we buy them to make ships....

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    Response to this comment:
    Edufa:

    It very obvious that Joshua Tanzer condemns this play as lacking action and that it is only enlivened by good actors who seemed to have worked hard to turn on the play.

    In the first place the fact that it was possible for actors to steer up the play proves that it possesses the potential to be good. The only thing is that the writer choses a style of making the play an actor's play; not doing all the work for the players, but leaving them mainstrem for them to come up with their own interpetation and discovery of meaning through the perfomance and not necssarily through reading. To me, this is the essence of drama and the mark of a good play. A good play must challenge its actors. If the actor's were able to achieve this with the 'Edufa' Tanzer watched, then it is in the right direction and not an issue for adverse criticism.

    Tanzer's lack of analytical foresight is apparent by describing the play as inspired by Euripides' "Alcestis". I find no basis whatsoever for this supposition or assertion due to the complete lack of any 'hint'whatsoever to claim that the play is an adaptation, a transposition, let alone a translation of Alcestis. Edufa is only fortunate or unfortunate to look like Alcestis by cheer coincidence. It was never Sutherland's intent to do an adaptation.

    I do not see any reason whatsoever that this play does not achieve the status of 'drama' as alleged by Tanzer. The themes of the play are very articulate and relevant, the plot is well chiseled and constructed with clearly defined causes and effects. Structured this way, the plot gives the action a firm support to flow to its logical conclusion.

    The setting is clearly defined and it achieves the unities of place, action and time. The characters are excellent and powerful in their individual roles and they collectively match the action within the setting. Tanzer cannot convince me that he has nothing to admire about Senchi, Kankam, Edufa and even Sam.

    The style and form as well as the tragic fever evolve at the end of the play in a fashion of fine sensibily and intellectual beauty. This is the mark of Sutherland who writes her palys with a clear sense of vision and untainted purpose.

    What else does Tanzer needs to embrace this super landmark Ghanaian play as drama?

    I find his critque of the play as lacking substance as it stands on one leg; unbalanced in its range of vision and mission. Or perhaps he may have written his critque with the ususal prejudice of "The nothing good can come out of
    Africa" syndrome.

    Tanzer should be forgiven for his lack of patience and deligent research.


    Aaron Gyabaah Yeboah

    Ph.D Student in Dramatic Literature
    Louisiana State University
    Baton Rouge, L/A.

    Lecturer on Study Leave from:

    The School Of Performing Arts
    University of Ghana,Legon
    Accra.

    And:

    A Second Generation Disciple
    of The Sutherland School of Drama











    Comment index:

  • Edufa is a landmark in Ghanaian theatre.   from bossman boakye, Dec 16, 2003
  • Edufa:   from Aaron Gyabaah Yeboah, Sep 15, 2004
  • Re: Edufa:   from Arit Nsemoh, May 31, 2005
  • Re: Edufa:   from , Oct 10, 2010
  • » Re: Edufa: «   from Emmanuel Kalos, Nov 5, 2012
  • [no subject]   from regina serwaa brenyah, Mar 29, 2006
  • perfect play   from truddy bekoe, Apr 21, 2006
  • Edufa and the Ghanaian life   from Daniel Appiah-Adjei, Feb 9, 2008
  • Re: Edufa and the Ghanaian life   from ena, Sep 6, 2011
  • Edufa as a moral lesson   from HARRY AKOTSU, Apr 27, 2007
  • edufa is certainly an adaptation of alcestis   from Yunusa Abugi, Oct 21, 2007
  • indeed Efua Suthereland is a dramatist   from Mohammed Gali SalaM, Apr 21, 2009
  • How great she is   from Sutherland serwaa Ampaafo, Dec 12, 2010
  • its good   from gastone ogutu, Jan 12, 2011
  • Belifs and Representation Africa's point of view.   from onyeulo kelechi, Apr 13, 2011
  • COMMENT   from ONANA VICTOR, Aug 19, 2011
  • wonderful work   from Jerry Obeng Boateng, Oct 31, 2011
  • ISLAMIC   from IBINI ---LIK, Aug 10, 2012
  • Edufa is a landmark in Ghanaian theatre.   from bossman boakye, Dec 16, 2003
  • Edufa:   from Aaron Gyabaah Yeboah, Sep 15, 2004
  • Re: Edufa:   from Arit Nsemoh, May 31, 2005
  • Re: Edufa:   from , Oct 10, 2010
  • » Re: Edufa: «   from Emmanuel Kalos, Nov 5, 2012
  • [no subject]   from regina serwaa brenyah, Mar 29, 2006
  • perfect play   from truddy bekoe, Apr 21, 2006
  • Edufa and the Ghanaian life   from Daniel Appiah-Adjei, Feb 9, 2008
  • Re: Edufa and the Ghanaian life   from ena, Sep 6, 2011
  • Edufa as a moral lesson   from HARRY AKOTSU, Apr 27, 2007
  • edufa is certainly an adaptation of alcestis   from Yunusa Abugi, Oct 21, 2007
  • indeed Efua Suthereland is a dramatist   from Mohammed Gali SalaM, Apr 21, 2009
  • How great she is   from Sutherland serwaa Ampaafo, Dec 12, 2010
  • its good   from gastone ogutu, Jan 12, 2011
  • Belifs and Representation Africa's point of view.   from onyeulo kelechi, Apr 13, 2011
  • COMMENT   from ONANA VICTOR, Aug 19, 2011
  • wonderful work   from Jerry Obeng Boateng, Oct 31, 2011
  • ISLAMIC   from IBINI ---LIK, Aug 10, 2012