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Soyinka’s Madmen and Specialist shows at Terra Kulture, Sunday

Scene from Madmen and Specialist by Soyinka
Scene from Madmen and Specialist by Soyinka

The world-acclaimed play by Nobel Laureate, Prof Wole Soyinka, titled; Madmen and Specialist will be showing for the last of the two slated days, this Sunday, July 26, at the Terra Kulture, Victoria Island, Lagos, having already showed on July 19.

The Story: Written in 1971, is a tragic satire of humankind immersed in war, although war is barely mentioned.

The synopsis: Doctor Bero is a medical specialist whose talents have been perverted by his activities and power lust during the war. Sickened by the depth of his son’s corruption, his physician father goes to harrowing lengths to get his son to face the reality of what he has become.

In turn Bero imprisons the old man and posts Mendicants, physically injured and psychologically damaged by the war and whom his father once treated, as his guards. As Bero attempts to extract the secret of the old man’s continued influence on the Mendicants, the two men confront each other on an amoral terrain where everything is permissible.

What happens when the only obstacle to your ambition is your father? What happens when a sacred pledge cannot be kept? Madmen and Specialist exposes all of these and other intriguing issues. Madmen and Specialist is directed by Kenneth Uphopho (Director of the critically acclaimed Saro the

Musical and Single in Gidi), and features Patrick Diabuah, Bolanle Haastrup-Atitebi, Jeniffer sammor, Austin Onuoha, and Kelvinmary Ndukwe, amongst others.

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