Dr, Mercy Mirembe Ntangaare is a professor, playwright, and folklorist, and a woman who writes powerful plays for both young audiences and adults. Write Local. Play Global. asked her a few questions about her work:
WLPG: Was there something in particular that motivated you to start writing for young audiences?
MERCY: Yes and no. I write both for young and adult audiences. Childhood creativity and apparent playfulness at life’s realities intrigue me. A world of make-believe and suspended truth. When I write for adults, I like to explore options that are otherwise usually ignored. But, whether I write for young or adult audiences, I like to tell a story of especially ordinary beings, young or old, in the face of a social system or power structure that means to direct their lives.