Reading of the play by the National Theater: participants question Justice to the Swine by Adegbamigbe



Justice to the Swine, a play written by Yomi Adegbamigbe, Department of Performing Arts, Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba Akoko, Ondo State, Nigeria, was the subject of a public reading organized by the Iganmu National Theater , Lagos. Held penultimate Tuesday on the open ground on the side of entrance C ‘of the national monument, the event brought together theater specialists, renowned actors, critics, cultural administrators and others. Hosted by Dr Felix Emoruwa, lecturer at the Department of Creative Arts, University of Lagos, reading the play was a captivating experience as notable theater arts practitioners such as Edmond Enaibe, Otunba Tunji Sotimirin, Leke Akintero, Titi Akimoyo-Kaaku and others. , participated in the reading of the different roles of the play, namely: Supo Bamikole, a pensioner of 69 years; Tanto Bamikole, his 27-year-old daughter, a teacher by profession; and Tokunbo B’Cole (Bamikole), Tanto’s youngest cousin from London.

“Justice to the Swine” is a Nigerian adaptation of Nothing But the Truth by John Kani. The central theme of the play, Justice to the Swine, is elusive justice that echoes unsolved murder cases and pension fraud in Nigeria. As Tantoloun (Tanto) and his father, Supo Bamikole, prepare to receive Comrade TBam’s body at the airport, Tanto begins to suspect a certain quarrel between his father and his late uncle, Comrade T-Bam (an exile June 12). However, the fact of Supo’s antipathy does not manifest until Tokunbo (Toks B’Cole) arrives with the ashes of his late father instead of his corpse.

TBam’s body had been cremated in London in accordance with his wife’s wish (against his own wish to be buried next to his parents’ grave). The tension builds and eventually reaches a crescendo between Supo and Tokunbo when she tries to lure Tanto to accompany her to London. This prompts Supo to relay the debilitating issues behind his bitterness against his country and his militant brother in exile (T-Bam), a leader of NADECO.

Topping Supo’s list are T-Bam’s betrayal and the brutal and orchestrated murder of Munirat, her sister, who was actively fighting her husband’s stolen warrant and illegal incarceration. Other issues are his unpaid gratuity / pension and unsolved murder / corruption cases. The play ends with the reconciliation between Supo and Tokunbo before Supo also joins his brother in the great afterlife. The Director General / CEO of the National Theater, Professor Sunday Enessi Ododo, said that the idea behind playing the play is “to read and have an impact on the quality of the play so that ultimately when the play will be staged, any ideas that participants in the play will advance so that the playwright can use it to rework the play is of benefit to the playwright and the play itself, and when it will be published, it will have an impact on her.

He added that there is a need to “give serious attention to documenting our art and what we do and the first person to address this issue is ourselves.” It is therefore important that we are careful to document what we are doing. An important feature of the play’s reading was the inspiring comments and reviews from the participants who made useful observations and recommendations about the play, in terms of composition and theatrical performance. In response, Dr Adegbamigbe thanked the management of the National Theater headed by Professor Ododo, for the opportunity. He also thanked the participants for their support, comments and recommendations.


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