n African Performance Review - More than just musical plays : intersections of politics and folklore in Byron Kawadwa's theatre

Volume 3, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1753-5964


A lot has been written about Byron Kawadwa's work and its contribution towards developing and Ugandanising the Kampala theatre scene and bringing into it a critical element - Kawadwa was a playwright, actor and director, and Director of the National Cultural Centre, whose play, , represented Uganda at the Festival of African culture (FESTAC 1977) in Nigeria. This paper attempts to explain why since independence, Byron Kawadwa is the most significant playwright in Ugandan theatre, and what makes his contribution distinct as both a playwright and director.

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