This play follows a set of characters in a Ugandan village struggling with drought and crop loss. These characters are compared to two young women living in a busy city that complain about the constant rainfall the city receives.
Play Title: Gods of the Land!
Author: Achiro P. Olwoch
Publisher: Center for Sustainable Practice in the Arts
Anthology: This play is part of a collection entitled, Where is the Hope? Edited by Chantal Bilodeau
Primary Discipline: Environmental
Source Texts: N/A
Character Breakdown: 4 males, 2 females
Ladit (male: Village Chief), Oringa (male), Makmot (male), Alice (female), Martha (female), Witchdoctor (male)
Setting: Tribal Village and then to a busy city
Time Period: Unknown
Synopsis of Play: When the play opens, Ladit calls for a town meeting under a large tree. He calls his constituents to announce the absence of crops as the drought continues. The lack of rain has had major effects on construction, as grass is needed to thatch roofs to protect the people. On the contrary, they complain that when it does rain, it floods, and it ruins their food and houses. They believe that the gods are angry and therefore, only give them extremes in weather. In the third scene the audience is taken to a city location where Alice and Martha are in their living room painting their nails while it downpours outside. Martha believes that rain patterns are much worse in recent years, that more water is falling than she can ever remember. They discuss the idea of planting trees to absorb the rain but conclude that city folks will continue to rely on charcoal and therefore, trees will continue being cut down. In the final scene, Olwoch takes us back to the tribal village. The play closes with the Witchdoctor sacrificing a chicken, begging the gods to give them rain so they can eat.
First Performance Date: This short play was originally performed for the Climate Change Theatre Action 2017; exact date is unknown.
First Producer: Climate Change Theatre Action 2017
Performance History: This short play has been performed at various venues across the world as a part of the Climate Change Theater Action 2017.
Biography of Author: Achiro P. Olwoch is a Ugandan playwright. She was born and grew up in exile as a result of the different wars that raged in Northern Uganda and affected her family because of her tribe. [Taken from Where is the Hope? By Chantal Bilodeau].
Entered By: Jake Caracciolo