Orestes or The King Must Die (1967)

Original id: 
Start date: 
19 October 1967
End date: 
20 November 1967
Degree of relationship to ancient play: 
Production notes: 
In association with the Zambia Independence Festival 1967. A dance-drama presenting a shortened version of the Oresteia, interpreted in terms of traditional Zambian music and dancing. The production featured 60 dancers, 10 drummers and 10 principal actors.
Media of production: 
Choreographic work (dance, ballet, mime etc)

Information related to this production

Person Role Notes
David Foko Lighting
Bill Harpe Choreographer
Bill Harpe Director
Jacques Hermie Machinery
Abel Mutale Set
Cathrene Mwansa Actor
Cathrene Mwansa Dancer
Kenneth Nkhata Artistic Director
Laban C. Nyirenda Set & Costume Designer
John Simbotwe Stage Manager
John Simbotwe Narrator
John Simbotwe Narrator
Venue Festival Dates Notes
unknown venue (Zambia)
Unknown venue (Kitwe, Copperbelt, Zambia) 19 October 1967; 20 November 1967
Unknown venue (Kabwe, Central, Zambia) 21 October 1967
Unknown venue (Lusaka, Lusaka, Zambia) 25 October 1967; 11 November 1967; 16 November 1967
Unknown venue (Livingstone, Southern, Zambia) 7 October 1967 according to program, likely a misprint for 27 October
Unknown venue (Mongu, Western, Zambia) 30 October 1967
Unknown venue (Solwezi, North-Western, Zambia) 4 November 1967
Unknown venue (Mansa, Luapula, Zambia) 7 November 1967
Unknown venue (Kasama, Northern, Zambia) 9 November 1967
Unknown venue (Chipata, Eastern, Zambia) 13 November 1967
Unknown venue (Ndola, Copperbelt, Zambia) 18 November 1967
Source Format Location if held at the APGRD Pagination
Guardian review: The Gods Are Not to Blame Print-out archive
Agamemnon in Performance: 458 BC to AD 2004 Book library 386
Programme: Orestes or The King Must Die Programme archive Includes full cast list of the 18 Drummers and Musicians, 34 Dancers and 32 Chorus members.
Doctoral Thesis on "The Relationship between Drama and Society in Malawi and Zambia" Print-out archive

How to cite this production

Orestes or The King Must Die (1967), accessed at http://www.apgrd.ox.ac.uk/productions/production/13619 <19 July 2024>