Wedlock of the Gods 25-28 May 2011

Wedlock of the Gods 25-28 May 2011

Virgo Foundation presents a radically new production of Zulu Sofola’s award-winning
Wedlock of the Gods, thirty seven years on from the play’s acclaimed premiere.
Wedlock of the Gods is a classical piece of African literature that tackles the subject
of taboo and arranged marriages within the traditional context of pre -colonial Africa.
This play is a passionate and ultimately devastating exploration of love, culture,
gender politics, superstition and women’s rights.

Wedlock of the Gods is a tragic drama that has its roots in the ritual of death and
mourning. A young girl is given away in marriage to a man whom she neither knows
nor loves. However her parents need the dowry money to cure her very sick brother.
When the man dies unexpectedly the young lady is expected to mourn for three
months and then following in the custom of lerification to marry her dead husband’s

The young woman bewildered by this, rebels in the face of age old custom and
tradition. She clings on desperately to the man she has always known and loved, a
man she was never allowed to marry. Their relationship is a slap in the face of tradition
and one that can only result in dire consequences. However their passion is a torrent
of tumultuous love that sets to do battle against age old customs. What would be the
consequences of such a defiant act of rebellion? A rebellion that is rooted in a deep
and passionate love, a love that ultimately transcends imposed dogma, a love by
that by its very nature cannot be of this world and can only be a Wedlock of the

Zulu Sofola is one of Africa’s most foremost female writers. Virgo Foundation, whose
remit is the promotion of African culture and heritage has picked this great female
literary voice, Zulu Sofola is renowned for giving a voice to the voiceless through the
poignant characters in her playwrights; thus advocating human rights, freedom of
choice and the empowerment of women at a grassroots level. Commemorating the
100th year anniversary of international women’s day on March11th to 25th 2011,
which celebrates the struggle & Achievements of Women of the past, present and
future, this is an incredibly potent moment in history to introduce the work of Zulu
Sofola to a new generation and an international audience.

Wedlock of the Gods had its official European Premiere at the Cochrane Theatre,
Holborn on September 18th 2010 to a sold out audience. Due to unprecedented
public demand the Virgo Foundation has teamed up with the Cochrane theatre and
the Zulu Sofola estate to bring the play once again to the stage for one week only
from Monday 23rd of May 2011- Saturday 28th of May 2011
Please join us at the Cochrane theatre for what promises to be an evening of pure
classical African theatre.

Listings information

Cochrane Theatre
South Hampton Row, London, WC1 4AP

Dates + times:
23 May – 28 May at 7:30pm
Saturday 28th May at 3pm

Tickets £20/£15 /£10 concession
Box office 020 7269 1600 /
Online tickets:

All proceeds go to the Virgo Foundation for the active promotion of African Arts ,
Heritage and Culture in the Diaspora and Beyond.

For more information please visit:

Box Office: 020 7269 1606

Region: All
Start Date: 25/05/2011
End Date: 28/05/2011
Start Time: 7:30
Venue: Wedlock of the Gods – Theatre
Venue Address: The Cochrane Theatre, Holborn
Press Tickets: Available
Sponsorship: Available
Press Tickets:
Name: Bumi Thomas
Phone: 07507 506 994