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Fresh form to suit myriad ideas in Beyene Haile's Heart-to-Heart Talk

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This article probes the production of Beyene Haile's play Weg'i Libi (‘Heart-to-Heart Talk’) to contextualize some seemingly provincial contemporary concerns that in fact are relevant throughout Africa. Written in one of the Eritrean languages, Tigrinya, Weg'i Libi (2008) comes with a fresh form, which includes various elements from western classical to other various modern and African traditional performance forms examining a myriad of national and continental contemporary concerns such as migration, power consolidation, aesthetics, and oral tradition, which hinder it from immediate production. Though written by a prominent author, unlike government-sponsored productions with professional actors, this play was staged by amateur university students after it was rejected for professional production.
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Keywords: Beyene Haile; Eritrean theatre; Heart-to-Heart Talk; Weg'i Libi; modernism; post-colonialism; traditional performance

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Department of English, University of Delhi, New Delhi, India

Publication date: January 2, 2015

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