A play written by one of the Gambia’s most prolific playwrights, Janet Badjan Young, is set to be premiered on the 31st of August, 2018. The play, “Ousman and Rohey”, aims to speak against tribalism and ethnic jingoism, thus promoting commonality and national reconciliation among all Gambians.
It is said to have been inspired by William Shakespeare’s romantic tragedy “Romeo and Juliet”, and features such A-list Gambian casts as the award winning actress, Monica Davies, Mariama Colley, Sherriff Manneh, Danny Constant, Christopher Tijan Smith, and a host of actors from the Ebunjan Theatre Group.
Speaking earlier in the week, the playwright said the difference between her play and Shakespeare’s is that in Romeo and Juliet, the reason for the enmity of the two families was not stated, but in “Ousman and Rohey”, it is. She said the idea behind the play is to show that we are all one.
Janet Badjan Young has written more than twelve plays, and some are yet unpublished. “Ousman and Rohey”, translated into Wollof by Mam Demba Ceesay, will be performed at the Ebunjan Theatre in Kanifing, at 8pm, with top Government functionaries expected to attend the live performance.