Lily’s Porridge

This play is set in a drought stricken, African village. Debra has just returned from a foraging trip for baobab fruit but has unfortunately returned with nothing.

Play Title: Lily’s Porridge

Author: Sharleen Ndlovu

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

Genre: Drama

Primary Discipline: Environmental

Scientists: N/A

Source Texts: N/A

Character Breakdown: 2 females

Lily (daughter), Debra (mother)

Setting: Thatched hut in unknown African village

Time Period: Unknown future

Synopsis of Play: This play is set in a drought stricken, African village. Debra has just returned from a foraging trip for baobab fruit but has unfortunately returned with nothing. Lily complains to her mom that all they eat is porridge and sometimes, bread. Debra and Lily then play a game, imagining all the animals and people that occupied their village before most of the water and food sources were depleted. They ponder whether the animals will ever return or if Lily will ever attend school again. This play was written in an effort to emphasize how African children are having major difficulties maturing into adulthood with the closing of schools and the lack of food/water resources that they need to survive.

First Performance Date: Unknown

First Producer: Climate Change Theater 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. Among these venues were, Carnegie Mellon, In/Visible Theatre, and In Tandem Arts.

Biography of Author: Sharleen Ndlovu is a Zimbabwean performing artist and aspiring playwright who resides in Sydney, Australia. Her plays have been contributory in the development of children in disadvantaged schools in rural Africa. Her latest play Dignity of Risk-a collaborative work she co-devised and performed in-has been recognized with a Sydney Theatre Award. [Taken from Where is the Hope? By Chantal Bilodeau].

Links: 

https://www.emilyhaver.com/blog/ccta-festival

http://www.climatechangetheatreaction.com/carnegie-mellon-university-school-of-drama/

http://www.climatechangetheatreaction.com/in-tandem-arts/

Entered By: Jake Caracciolo

 

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