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“Class work in theatre” Foursums’ Otako to perform Burdens

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“Class work in theatre” Foursums’ Otako to perform Burdens

which are on the UNEB syllabus, will be acted live on stage on 18th September in the annual Bayimba festival at the National Theatre.

Together with the students of Nabisunsa girls, celebrated writer and the brain behind Foursum newspaper theatre William Otako will be performing the play for students offering Literature in secondary schools

“We are bringing class work into the theatre; we are summarizing a full book in just under two hours to benefit students who find class work boring” said Otako
Mutonyi Martha a senior five student at Nabisunsa Girls told The Sunrise that she scored a D1 in literature during her O’ level courtesy of watching theatrical performances.

About the play
The book generally talks about family, society and politics. “Bleeding a leech to fatten a heifer” is a line in Burdens that satirically relates the exploitative nature of wealth people who suck the blood of the poor.

In the book, Wamala, the central character is portrayed as a greedy politician, Wamala is pushed by his family to overthrow the government with promises of a better life. In the end we see him becoming dejected, returns to zero and he ends up as a village drunkard.

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