Why I’m making Shakespeare play in Yoruba – Pat Obilor explains

Theatre practitioner and media entrepreneur, Pat Obilor, has explained reason behind her move bring legendary English playwright, Williams Shakespeare, to life on the African stage with ‘The Queen’s Wish’, a Nigerian adaptation of one of his outstanding works titled, ‘King Lear’.

Obilor speaking in a recent interview said, “Few years ago, as a theatre student, I played a major acting role in the Shakespeare classic, ‘King Lear’. I fell in love with the story line and 10 years later, I still see the need to re-enact the story in an African (Yoruba) setting to explore the glories and viles of social validation and feminist power prevalent in the modern society.


“In the theatre world, before one publishes a work of art, one has to wrought a play through the stage and I have deemed it fit to take up this task.”

On what the audience should expect from the play, she said, “It is a storyline people can connect with in these contemporary times, especially as it relates with our social-political and economic state, spiced with the ongoing global trend in women empowerment and feminism movement.”

On the demands of producing the play, Obilor said, “This is a huge commercial project that took a lot of creative manpower and financial resources, but I am willing to take the plunge. I would be working with quite a few theatre industry experts, such as critics, actors, director and production supervisors, singers/chanters, choreographers and dancers, set and props designers, and technical and lighting professionals.”

Sponsored by her company, Sparkles Media Limited, the live performance is billed to hold at her alma mater, the University of Ibadan.

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