by Candace Barrington
On 13 and 15 July, Ufuoma Overo-Tarimo’s dramatic adaptation, The Miller’s Tale: Wahala Dey O! was finally brought to audiences in the western hemisphere. Featuring performers from Nigeria, England, Iceland, and Canada, the international troupe brought an exuberant interpretation of Chaucer’s tale, first to the Isabel Bader Theatre at Victoria College, Toronto, and then to Erindale Studio Theatre in Mississauga. True to the spirit of Nigerian dramatic tradition, the production enhanced the comic adaptation with music and dancing from many genres.
The first performance coincided with the New Chaucer Society Congress being held at Victoria College, so the filled house was not surprising. It was good to learn that the second performance also played to a full house.
The large undertaking would not have been possible without the support of the 2018 NCS Congress hosts, Alex Gillespie, Will Robins, and their exceptional University of Toronto team.