Folly Of Men:
FOLLY OF MEN an adaptation of Wole Soyinka’s Trials of Brother Jero
FOLLY OF MEN an adaptation of
• Wole Soyinka’s Trials of Brother Jero
• Femi Osofisan’s No More the Wasted Breed
• Bode Sowande’s Mamiwaters Wedding.
In Folly of Men, each writer unknowingly had something in common, asides the power to hold the audience to its very compelling storytelling technique, another fact is that all three plays share a relatable theme of the sea, the soil, man himself and all that he does. From time immemorial, gods decide the fate of man and the path to his victory or downfall, man has in turn become the prey and taught never to question but to accept, bow and obey but in Osofisan’s “No more the wasted breed’, the play sees man championing its own cause after series of obstacles, challenging the water god and goddess. It further buttresses W.S lines which says ‘the man dies in whoever keeps silent in the face of tyranny’. With Tarella’s persistence in “Mami-waters wedding” the mermaid character displays love and affection for this man she has loved all her life from the underworld. This musical play reveals the ecstatic romance between the real world and the spiritual and the fall of man in relation to sex. The swimmer drowns into the underworld but soon the tears of his mother and the prayer of Brother Jero by the beach side soon brings him back to life. But brother Jero and Amope never truly revealed what happened between them.