Book Specifications: 11 x 18cm, inside 105 bond paper, b/w, 40pp, paperback
Two children’s plays that discuss what looks like Africa’s perennial problem: leadership. The plays were put together working with children in a residential arts and circus theatre programme. Dustbin Nations decries the many wars in Africa that have left men, women, and children displaced, maimed, and killed. The play was performed by a group of seven young girls and boys from around the country, some of who were directly affected by the many wars in Uganda, making the play a kind of documentary of their life experiences. Dustbin Nations was presented at the 1st Regional Children’s Theatre Festival in 2000 in Awassa, Ethiopia. Among the children who participated in the project were The Shavians ‘kids,’ Robert and Brian, and Barbara Itungo (Barbie). Later, the production went on tour in Central and Western Uganda and inspired people like Ann Kansiime, then in O Level at Bweranyangi, to love and do theatre performances. All the children involved in the project have completed university and are engaged productively, some of them outside Uganda. The project was sponsored by Sida.
On the other hand, The Chief of Shumankuzi (or The Corrupt Village Chief) illustrates how corruption by leaders cripples not only national development but human relations as well. The play was performed by children from Uganda and Ethiopia aged between 7-21 years who had different visible challenges either as the lame, blind, deaf, or dumb. Their message was clothed in simple dialogue interspersed with Ugandan and Ethiopian music, dance, and circus. For 5 consecutive days the group played to a full house at Uganda National Theatre where Swedish Ambassador, Rolf Ericksson, other diplomats, Hon. Members of Parliament, university and secondary school students and teachers and members of the general public attended. The project was sponsored by Sida