The play focuses on themes quite distant from Jumbie Records: Oil and politics in Nigeria. But it shares some approaches that are quite close to what Jumbie does. Hoyle portrays African with a great deal of humanity, and shows a huge diversity of voices. We don't want to show Africans as brutes or enlightened saints always communing with nature.
It was inspiring to see Hoyle create and inhabit so many characters, and to switch so quickly. There were many times that three characters would banter and give their various opinions.
The play is not optimistic about the prospects for Nigeria. Yet it offers a sense of understanding and allows you to identify with individuals often portrayed as unredeemable thugs.
The performance was presented by the Culture Project. Two weeks ago I took part in an powerful night of theater about Darfur also presented by them. I'm glad that I had a chance to work with this company, and I'm glad to report that there are still theater companies making exciting and challenging work.
My friend Catherine Girardeau recommend that I see "Tings Day Happen," and I am going to pass that recommendation on to others.
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