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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