Thursday, November 12, 2009

Shakespeare at Large

Last month, the African country of Botswana staged its first opera. . . . and it was MACBETH!

Botswana's Okavango Macbeth, performed in a renovated garage, was written by the Scottish author Alexander McCall Smith whose popular No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series is also set in Botswana.

But here's the thing. In the Okavango Macbeth, the characters are not people. They are baboons.

"Though the opera is about baboons, there are some outstanding similarities between the animals and humans, especially when it comes to the way how far some people can go to be in control," explains McCall Smith.

Intrigued? Read more about Botswana's first opera that is also a Shakespeare play about baboons in this BBC article.

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