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Wole Soyinka

1934-Present Day

Born: Nigeria, 1934

Biography

Nigerian Wole Soyinka is an award winning writer, poet, playwright and recipient of the 1986 Nobel Prize in Literature. After graduating from the Government College in Ibadan, Nigeria, Soyinka studied drama at the University of Leeds during the 1950s. Following his graduation he worked as a script-reader, actor, and director at the Royal Court Theatre before returning to Nigeria to study African drama. In 1960 he founded “The 1960 Masks”, followed by the “Orisun Theatre Company” in 1964. Soyinka’s career as a political activist in exile is inseparable from his writing which has earned him worldwide acclaim.

Productions

Camwood on the Leaves

Camwood on the Leaves

Year: Unknown

Detainee, The

Detainee, The

Year: Unknown

Opera Wonyosi

Opera Wonyosi

Year: Unknown

Scourge of Hyacinths, A

Scourge of Hyacinths, A

Year: Unknown

Play of Giants, A

Play of Giants, A

Year: Unknown

Madmen and Specialists

Madmen and Specialists

Year: 1971

From Zia with Love

From Zia with Love

Year: Unknown

Dance of the Forests, A

Dance of the Forests, A

Year: 1960

The Bacchae: A Communion Rite

The Bacchae: A Communion Rite

Year: 1973

Staged in: National Theatre; 1963-

Lion and the Jewel, The

Lion and the Jewel, The

Year: 1966

Staged in: The Ijinle Theatre Company

King Baabu

King Baabu

Year: 2003

Staged in: Over The Edge Theatre Company

Jero's Metamorphosis

Jero's Metamorphosis

Year: 1974

Invention, The

Invention, The

Year: 1959

Staged in: English Stage Company

Death and The King's Horseman

Death and The King's Horseman

Year: 1990

Staged in: Royal Exchange Theatre; 1976-

Road, The

Road, The

Year: 1965

Staged in: Commonwealth Arts Festival

Beatification of Area Boy, The

Beatification of Area Boy, The

Year: 1995

Staged in: West Yorkshire Playhouse

Strong Breed, The

Strong Breed, The

Year: 1968

Swamp Dweller's, The

Swamp Dweller's, The

Year: 1975

Staged in: Keskidee Arts Centre; 1970

Trials of Brother Jero, The

Trials of Brother Jero, The

Year: 1966

Staged in: Hampstead Theatre

Publications

The Invention and The Detainee

The Invention and The Detainee

Year: 2005

Publisher: Unisa Press

King Baabu

King Baabu

Year: 2002

Publisher: Methuen Drama

Soyinka Plays 2

Soyinka Plays 2

Year: 1999

Publisher: Methuen Drama

Soyinka Plays 1

Soyinka Plays 1

Year: 1998

Publisher: Methuen Drama

The Trials of Brother Jero and The Strong Breed

The Trials of Brother Jero and The Strong Breed

Year: 1992

Publisher: Dramatists Play Service Inc

Wole Soyinka Collected Plays: Volume 2

Wole Soyinka Collected Plays: Volume 2

Year: 1974

Publisher: Oxford University Press

Wole Soyinka Collected Plays: Volume 1

Year: 1973

Publisher: Oxford University Press

The Lion and the Jewel

The Lion and the Jewel

Year: 1962

Publisher: Oxford University Press

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