Sadru Kassam was born in Mombasa, the second largest city in Kenya. He worked as a high school teacher. He became involved with the Free Traveling Theatre while studying English at the Makarere University in Uganda. The theatre group was composed of professors and students who organized to bring the thetre to rural villages and towns.
What is the purpose of this play?
The playwright demonstrates the problems of corruption and deceit faced in the African society. If you realise, in the play, the Butcher attempts to cheat both the woman and the girl, Dongo cheats the Butcher, the girl cheats the Butcher. It is like a vicious cycle of deception. Even a young girl could leave with the meat without paying the Butcher. The dog-eat-dog (Dog-eat-dog describes a world in which people fight for themselves only and will hurt other people.) society portrayed in ‘Bones’ is a depiction and reflection of the African society where some are only concerned about their own interests, and are morally depraved (crooked). Although they may gain material rewards, they lose their morality and humanity, which is ironically a far larger price to pay for the superficial (on the surface) monetary gain.