Mubasen, a child born in a SWAPO camp during the liberation struggle in Namibia and sent to school in Germany, returns to find his parents. He is getting married – but what should be an occasion for celebration turns out to be an emotionally charged encounter with the ‘ghosts’ of the family and Namibian society in general.
The draft script was crafted by young Namibian theatre artists working with their Zimbabwean counterparts at the Ibsen Camp in Harare in 2012. The Tree of Ghosts sprang from an interrogation of the Norwegian playwright, Henrik Ibsen’s, play, Ghosts in the context of modern Namibian society. The camp was hosted by CHIPAWO World as part of an Ibsen Award winning project, ’Negotiating Ibsen in Southern Africa’.
The draft of the play was then taken up by students in the Advanced Acting Course at the School of Acing and developed further. The play sees Namibians examining themselves and their values in the context of European liberalism. The tree is the central symbol and stands for the history and culture of the Namibian people.
The performance of the play constitutes the students’ practical examination.
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