This stage play script covers the life, death and legacy of Prof. Wangari Maathai in unsurpassed technicolour. Steeped in research and injected with a heavy dose of imagination (and a double dose of humour), THE TALKING OF TREES will make you laugh, cry, and cheer.
A biographical note on the Nobel Prize’s official website, www.nobelprize.org, captures the essence of Prof. Maathai:
“Wangari Maathai was the first African woman to receive the Nobel Peace Prize. She was also the first female scholar from East and Central Africa to take a doctorate (in biology), and the first female professor ever in her home country of Kenya… Maathai played an active part in the struggle for democracy in Kenya, and belonged to the opposition to Daniel arap Moi’s regime. In 1977 she started a grass-roots movement aimed at countering the deforestation that was threatening the means of subsistence of the agricultural population. The campaign encouraged women to plant trees in their local environments and to think ecologically. The so-called Green Belt Movement spread to other African countries, and contributed to the planting of over thirty million trees…”