The Miller’s Tale: Wahala Dey Oh!

The Miller’s Tale: Wahala Dey Oh!

London : United Kingdom | Jul 25, 2012 at 9:58 AM PDT
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Overo Productions (Nigeria)

The Miller’s Tale:

Wahala Dey Oh!

by Geoffrey Chaucer,

adapted by Ufuoma Overo-Tarimo

Chaucer as you’ve never seen him before!

A colourful adaptation of Chaucer’s timeless classic. The Miller’s Tale from

Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales is transposed to present-day Nigeria with its eclectic

mix of music, dance, superstition, religion, social distinctions and colonial

mentality. Irrespective of time, place and culture, we see the parallels in human

emotions, and the inevitable struggle that ensues whenever there is conflict of

interests: what could have driven an otherwise amiable church assistant to


The drama charts the descent of an elderly wealthy carpenter, plagued by

superstition and jealousy about his unfulfilled, over-indulged teenage wife and

the lovers vying for her attention. Their household includes two loyal servants

thrown together doing a job they hate and a poor, treacherous, angry student,

desperate to be revenged upon the gullible carpenter and to bed his irresistible

wife. The play brings together every nuance of emotion, climaxing in interrupted

midnight passion, spurned love and grievous bodily harm, which results in

mayhem and endless gossip.

Overo Productions’ lively reinterpretation of The Miller’s Tale is a testimony

to Chaucer’s greatness in capturing the enduring complex and fragile human

conditions of fear, envy, love, betrayal, revenge, hope – and our incessant need for hot gossip!


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