Dance of the Vampires and Six Other Plays
Publication Year: 2013
Published by: African Books Collective
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Title Page, Copyright Page
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Preface One. Tribute to Bole Butake, A Literary Luminary
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...frothy palm wine or a farmer a la Achebe’s Okonkwo, levelling the highly intelligent, he convinced his uncle to send him to Sacred babyhood. He will later attend the prestigious CCAST Bambili, the University of Yaounde. On graduation, as one of the “Mbassi Manga Boys” (Mbassi Manga was the all-powerful and influential Dean of ...
Preface Two. Bole Butake – And The Playwright Retires: Cameroon’s ace playwright and actor, Prof. Bole Butake talks on his university teaching career as he prepares to retire at the end of this month.
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The mention of Bole Butake’s name will most likely ring a bell – especially among those familiar with Cameroon’s literature in English. This is especially true for students who have had occasion to study or perform some of his plays. After more than 40 years of Yaounde I), Prof. Butake is retiring at the end of this month a ...
Part I - Dance of the Vampires
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Complete silence. Eerie sounds of night birds of ill omen: owls, bats etc. Orchestrated sounds dominated by deep wind instruments and shrill voices (combination of Lum and Kwifon) of Dikang and howling of Nkow. Five masked figures perform the cult dance. Psaul Roi is on his throne and the impression must be given that he is dreaming; and the forces of good and evil must ...
Part II - Family Saga
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All through the play the set is dominated by a cyclorama with the portrait of a grand, old and senile lady in traditional dress with a sparkle in her bearing. She should be depicted with a lot of jewels decorating her body thereby Kamalo, big and fat and wearing a three piece suit is lounging in an easy chair, drinking and smoking and listening to a Bikutsi tune which is playing very loud. ...
Part III - Lake God
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From backstage a mourning song, Mangvun, is heard. It rises gradually to the rhythm of the Ngem or double-gong bell. Then a lone person makes his entrance on stage, performing unsteady funerary steps and chanting the mourning song. He makes a round across the playing area and finally stops around centre stage with one last stroke on his Ngem. He looks around uneasily and wipes a tear or two ...
Part IV - Betrothal without Libation
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Evening. Home of Mr and Mrs Itoh Eyong, highly educated couple teaching in local high school. Mr Eyong is sitting in a chair reading a newspaper or magazine. Noise of cooking from kitchen offstage and Mrs Eyong’s voice is heard now and again issuing orders to the boy. Then she rushes into the sitting room and He gets out of the chair and is moving over to the side-board to tune the radio. ...
Part V - And Palm-wine will Flow
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The sacred grove of Nyombom, characterised by an elaborately decorated pot, nshang wong, in which libation is poured to the gods. Elsewhere in the grove are a number of masks, also elaborately decorated with dark fibre or cloth, thus making them easy to be used as disguises by various characters in the play. Other prominent features of the grove are a gourd and a sacred gong. All action takes ...
Part VI - The Rape of Michelle
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Rufina’s chicken parlour. The furniture is typical of such places in Yaounde and around the country. There is Rufina, the land-lady who is about thirty and very pretty; and Michelle, her beautiful daughter at about age fourteen who often passes Present are Mikindong, a young college teacher, and his two friends, Eno and Ngenge, all of them belonging to the same age group. Very remarkable throughout ...
Part VII - Shoes
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Four soldiers, their weapons at the ready storm playing area from different directions and then converge CS. Silence followed by wild laughter. Who cares? All the baggas should have been shot on battle field. You are right, Sergeant. Our boys of the sacred choir would have demonstrated their expertise in forcing it down the throat of whoever ...
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...“Bole Butake will be remembered for starting The Mould, a literary magazine considered as a nursery for budding University students with a creative instinct. Although nobody has become a Nobel laureate from that nursery, it undoubtedly contributed enormously in enriching the Anglophone Literature that we have today. A Fonlonian disciple, Butake insisted that teaching ...
Page Count: 394
Publication Year: 2013