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Four groups have made it to the K5 million Superior Drama competition regional finals held at Lilongwe Community Centre.

The four groups are New Beginning Theatre, Dzuwa Arts, Rise Arts Theatre and Harmony Arts Theatre.

The K5 million Superior Drama competition is being run by Superior Events Management through Superior Films in partnership with National Theatre Association of Malawi (Ntam).

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Superior Events Management Director Japhet Majekete said Monday that the contest in the Central Region attracted six groups.

“The Central Region was disappointing in terms of turn-up. Many groups did not register and since we wanted not less than five groups at the regional phase, we decided to pick four and that includes one from Dowa,” Majekete said.

“Despite a few groups turning up, we are making headway and we are satisfied with the results of the contest,” he said.

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Majekete said people were still doubting the competition but they are determined to give out their best.

“We want to make sure that theatre gets back to life,” Majekete said.

So far, the groups that have made it to the regional finals are Logos Theatre, Bantu Arts and Young Travellers from Blantyre.

The others are We Create and Tikondane from Balaka while Auze and Takondwa Drama Groups in Ntcheu and Machinga respectively.

In Zomba, the groups that progressed are Takomana and Umunthu Theatre while Fortune Theatre did well in Chiradzulu.

There is also Ayini Drama Group.

Majekete said they have made progress and that so far they are done with Chiradzulu, Zomba, Balaka, Mulanje and Blantyre.

He said they will be going to Mzuzu.

Majekete said they were likely to hold regional finals on August 26.

The winner during the national finals will receive K1.5 million with second and third positions pocketing K750,000 and K500,000 respectively.

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