Mercy Mirembe Ntangaare as a playwright is a vivid communicator .That is because of the simple every day language that she uses in her plays which can easily be read and understood by people of different age groups and social backgrounds.The other reason her plays communicate immensely is that they have simple clear cut plots.
But underneath the simple dramatic structure of the play’s is a writer ‘s retrospective study of human nature.Through the human and animal characters in the five plays in this volume,the write splashes straight in our faces some of the unbecoming mannerisms and behavior that we exhibit in our day to day dealings with our fellow human beings.
The dramatic mirror forces us to think about who we are in this multifaceted worldly stage of ours.Are we all that exploitative and materialistic as Auntie Betie in Cats and Hens?or are we among those who toil and moil to stand up to the familial demands and and later are confused by the way the gospel is interpreted for us by the somewhat hypocritical,self .confessed men and women of God as is shown in The man,His son and their Donkey?The ever mysterious nature of life and death and the thin layer between the two zones that is dealt with by the playwright in The Rat Trap is also something that leaves one deeply pondering about the temporal nature of life.The play also demonstrates that sometimes death comes to those who least expect it.The dire consequences of boastfulness and competitive lifestyles are also mirrored through The Rooster and The swift. While The big flight shows us the outcome of excessive greed shrewd selfishness.
Through the plays, Mercy Mirembe Ntangaare also reminds her readers that folklore is still a vibrant and invaluable source of dramatic raw material for both aspiring and practicing playwrights.
Richard Kagolobya ,September 2006