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The Miller’s Tale: Wahala Dey Oh!


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“Ebullient, exuberant and bursting with energy, the cast of The Miller’s Tale fills its stage from the start and transports you to a world of colour, noise and nefarious goings on. Transplanting Chaucer’s age-old tale of the cuckold husband and his adulterous wife into modern-day Nigeria, they draw their audience in from the start and make you feel intrinsically involved in their story. The venue is one of the larger theatres and the audience was small – yet still, without missing a beat, without letting the buzz drop for a second, they spoke to us, performed for us and hooked us in.As a cast they are very physically competent – not simply in the dancing interludes (which are only top and tail details), but even just in moving across the stage, interacting with each other, presenting themselves to the audience to deliver a monologue. It is a joy to watch actors so thoroughly command their space – and if the pace of the narrative didn’t quite maintain its momentum all the way to the end, as performers they could not be faulted for the sheer force they brought to the space” Read more>>

Ayoungertheatre.Com by Sarah Sharp
“A slice of Chaucer’s classic Canterbury Tales is transposed to modern day Nigeria and invested with drums, colour and warmth in Wahala Dey Oh! and there’s even a smattering of witchcraft and superstition in place of old-fashioned prophecy. Besides the bones of the story – a cantankerous old carpenter cuckolded by a live-in student and another wooer embarrassed in amusingly indecent fashion by the adulterous pair – this production admirably preserves the bawdiness of the Father of English Literature’s original. There are dirty magazines, nudges, winks and lots of smutty humour that is joyfully shared with whoops and shrieks in Pidgin. It’s great fun and highly infectious” Read more>>

Playstosee.Com by Guy M. Taylor
“This energetic update of Chaucer’s tale of an adulterous couple getting their comeuppance is performed with charm and vivacity by its Nigerian cast. Transplanted to modern-day Nigeria, Ufuoma Overo-Tarim’s adaptation works incredibly well; Chaucer’s characters chime with the contemporary African setting and the right balance is struck between bawdiness and wit. The cultural value of story-telling and the use of language as a class marker are very much at the forefront of the piece, with Pidgin English juxtaposed with the English of the educated class. The production also examines the role of superstition in modern African society – in fact it crams in an awful lot of social commentary while remaining fairly faithful to the source material.Bookended by colourful dance sequences, the production has charm in abundance – there’s something wonderfully good natured and uplifting about the piece – and provides an intriguing glimpse of different performance tradition with its own particular vocabulary, transporting its audience in the process…” Read more>>

Ed.thestage.Co.Uk by Natasha Tripney
“Having watched a lot of comedy in the early part of the week it was time to look for some unusual drama. And shows don’t come much odder than a Nigerian version of Geoffrey Chaucer’s ” The Miller’s Tale”, from his epic “The Canterbury Tales”.Classic drama transcends time and culture and, amazingly, this unlikely mix works incredibly well. African theatre is generally lively and their natural exuberance perfectly fits this 14th century morality tale of laziness, infidelity, the perils of marrying a young wife etc. This isn’t a production where you can hear every word but this doesn’t matter. You can easily follow the plot and most importantly, get carried away with the liveliness of the performers.It disappoints me that each year people increasingly feel Edinburgh is just a comedy festival. This was a highly enjoyable show with 8 in the cast and (on the day I went) just 12 in the audience. So, if people want to experience something different to generic stand-up and experience what the real fringe festival is about head to C on Chambers street.PS. I would love to see Overo Productions tackle another of Chaucer’s tales next year. (DC & AC)“.

Darkchat.Moonfruit.Com  by Darkchat Members

“Another adaption came from Overo Productions, Nigeria, in The Miller’s Tale: Wahala Dey Oh!, a reworked version of Chaucer’s classic set in modern Nigeria. A colourfully-costumed and talented cast sing, dance, joke and act while telling the story of the young and attractive wife of an old carpenter, who outwits her husband leading to his demise. The play is full of Wahala(trouble), and the use of pidgin English is cleverly juxtaposed with the English of the elite, which, along superstition and juju, highlight the main themes of the piece.Read more>>

Thinkafricapress.Com by Graig Halliday

“Managed to catch some of the South African season with Mama Africa and The Millers Tale, Wahala Dey Oh which Isla was performing in. Chaucer’s tale in a Nigerian setting. Very interesting and Ufuoma was a lovely woman whose determination to bring the show here was incredible. Despite all the odds….she made it! Read more>>

Tototales.Co.UK by Maram

“Finally in this first round up of Fringe specials, a Nigerian version of Chaucer’s the Miller’s Tale – Wahala Dey Oh! at C Venues captures all the bawdy fun of the original and couples it to the African ebullience, colour, movement and music.Adapter Ufuoma Overo-Tarmo has married the original tale – largely now the province of academia – to the Africans’ contemporary determination to enjoy life against all the odds, with no security, no electricity. Chaucer would approve” Read more>>

Summerhall.Co.Uk & Morning Star by Gordon Parsons

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