The Dilemma of a Ghost, a play by Ama Ata Aidoo, tackles our shared legacy of slavery. Written by probably the most significant female writer in Africa this seminal work has great contemporary resonance. Modern beliefs mix uneasily with ancient values in this vital and potent production, which uses music, dance and the sheer physical exuberance of Ghana to celebrate 50 years of Ghana’s independence and 200 years since the abolition of the slave trade.
To mark the UK Première of The Dilemma of a Ghost the Africa Centre in Covent Garden will be re-opened on the 3rd November after 16 months to create a unique production space in keeping with the style of the Concert Party tradition of Ghana. The production will also be touring around the UK throughout November.
Set in Ghana, the play charts the relationship between a young Ghananian student, Ato and his idealistic African-American wife, Eulalie, who travel to Africa together in the hope that they will be “the sweetest and loveliest things in Africa and America rolled together”. But when he brings her to Africa, the ghosts of the slave trade return to haunt the golden couple.
Directed by award winning artistic director of Border Crossings, Michael Walling, the cast includes leading Ghananian actresses Adeline Ama Buabeng, Dzifa Glikpoe and Agnes Dapaah together with seprewa musician Osei Korankye from the National Theatre of Ghana and black British actors, Suen Shote, Shonel Jackson and Anniwaa Buachie.
Border Crossings is known for its innovative approach to collaboration and co-production across cultures. The Dilemma of a Ghost is produced in association with the National Theatre of Ghana and the production is supported by Ghana’s National Commission on Culture, by Anti-Slavery International, by Passage of Music, The Commonwealth Foundation and by the UK’s Freedom and Culture Programme 2007.
Press Night: November 6th @ 7.45pm