Ozidi

(Drama Criticism)

Margaret Laurence (essay date 1968)

SOURCE: "Rituals of Destiny: John Pepper Clark," in Long Drums and Cannons: Nigerian Dramatists and Novelists, Macmillan, London, 1968, pp. 77-96.

[In the following excerpt, Laurence provides an overview of Ozidi, with special emphasis on Clark's use of traditional material and the play's relationship to his earlier works, particularly Song of a Goat.]

Ozidi is based upon an Ijaw epic, one of the masquerade serial plays which were told in seven days, accompanied by dance, music and mime. Clark made tape-recordings of this masquerade series and also filmed it. He later did a...

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