Bisi Adigun holds a B.A. (Hons) in Dramatic Arts from Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria; an M.A. in Film & TV; and a PhD in Drama Studies from the School of Drama, Film and Music (now School of Creative Arts), Trinity College, Dublin where he is currently an adjunct lecturer of African Theatre and Post-colonial Theatre. Adigun established Arambe Productions, Ireland’s first African theatre company in 2003, for which he writes, directs and produces his plays and others’. As theatre director/producer and artistic director, Adigun’s productions include African Voices (2003), The Gods Are Not to Blame (2004), Once Upon A Time & Not So Long Ago (2006), The Kings of the Kilburn High Road (2006 & 2007 in Ireland & USA), The Dilemma of a Ghost (2007), Through A Film Darkly (2008), Haba!!! Pastor Jero (2009 in Nigeria & Ireland), The Butcher Babes (2010), Home, Sweet Home (2010 in Nigeria), The Paddies of Parnell Street (2013), and, most recently, Death and the King’s Horseman (2017 in Nigeria). Adigun is also a documentarist and featured as a co-presenter of the first three series of Mono, RTE’s flagship television programme on intercultural Ireland, from 2000 to 2003.
In this first volume of three plays, Adigun’s craft as a playwright and director is manifest in the subtlety with which he creates ingenious characters, dialectal language and multi-layered stories featuring witless guile (An Other Playboy), postcolonial blues (Home, Sweet Home!) and sardonic humour (The Butcher Babes).
In the introductory commentaries by Professor Patrick Lonergan, Dr Emer O’Toole and Olawale Obadeyi, accompanying each play, there are venous references to Adigun’s critical orbit in adapting J.M. Synge’s The Playboy of the Western World, Jimmy Murphy’s emigration play, The Kings of the Kilburn High Road and intertextual echoes of Wole Soyinka’s masterpiece, Death and the King’s Horseman, in The Butcher Babes. These commentaries and extant press reviews give these plays their deserved critical acclaim.
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