This contrasts with the main depiction of the political tensions, which are shown as within the ruling elite of the time and not involving the masses. Some of whom are described as ‘lazy workers’ and ‘children’.
This contradictory attitude is seen throughout the play.
Sankara is shown as being firmly on the side of ordinary people and in particular railing against the oppression of women.
But he is also shown as autocratic, trying to force those around him to accept changes and a lack of privilege that they are not ready for.
This production is nearly three hours long, with an interval. The other warning is that strobe lighting is used occasionally.
This is not the only technology used. Drapes fall across the stage exits and real scenes of political and cultural events from the time are projected on to them.
The film is slightly out of focus, underlining that this is a fictional account of real events.
Dujany may take the Shakesperian analogy too far at one point.
The wife of Blaise Compaoré (whose forces brought Sankara to the presidency) is characterised as being the ambitious one, to the extent of using her sexuality to push Blaise in a certain direction.
Sankara was murdered by his former ally and best friend Blaise so the question is has Dujany shifted the responsibility too much on to his wife?
However, at the end as bodies litter the stage and screams are heard off stage we are left in no doubt that this is literally a tragedy.
I would highly recommend seeing this play. It has the potential to make you both laugh and cry. For a first time author it is very good indeed.