Threshold is a new play with music and movement inspired by the classic Nigerian novel The Palm Wine Drinkard by Amos Tutuola. Originally written in the 1940s The Palm Wine Drinkard is the story of a privileged young village based lay-about who spends his days drinking palm wine with his friends. When the man who makes his palm wine dies, the Drinkard goes on a journey through the mythical Yoruba lands of the dead, unborn and unknown in search of his tapper, encountering terrifying, fantastical and transforming experiences along the way. Growing up through the journey, the Palm Wine Drinkard gradually learns to take responsibility for himself, his family and finally his community.
Often likened as a cross between The Wizard of Oz and Orpheus, this fun-filled phantasmagorical tale is leverly retold through the life of a modern-day Drinkard, an ambitious young Nigerian comic book writer based in Lagos. Writer Oladipo Agboluaje offers a radical new perspective that places Africans as the subject of an international worldview, rather than the traditional object.
As another collaboration between London-based theatre company Collective Artistes and the Department of Theatre and Dance at UR, this compelling and highly theatricalized story offers a fresh worldview that is at once international and rooted in specific cultural experience.