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
Primary Discipline: Environmental
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].
Entered By: Jake Caracciolo