A Wreath for Udomo

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A Wreath for Udomo is a stage play by American playwright William Branch (1927-2019)[1]

The original text

Based on the eponymous novel by South African author Peter Abrahams (1919-2017), originally published in 1956, the play and novel both tell of a London-educated black African, Michael Udomo, who returns to Africa to become a revolutionary leader in the fictional country of "Panafrica" and is eventually martyred.

The novel was controversial at the time of its publication, because it represented revolutionary independence from a tropical African country, before the first such independence by the Gold Coast.

The stage adaptation by Branch was first produced in the USA in 1960 and subsequently in London in 1961 (featuring Earl Cameron and Edric Connor.

Translations and adaptations

Performance history in South Africa

No reference to a South African performance of it has yet been found.





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