University of Malawi (Unima) Department of Fine and Performing Arts (FPA) has been engaged in a number of activities in its disciplines of theatre and music, with activities running until the weekend.
The performances started on Monday in the Little Theatre with third- year directing class presenting plays such as James Ng’ombe’s The Banana Tree directed by Francis Komwa, Eugene O’Neill’s Reckless directed by Tinashe Kalua, Chris Kamlongera’s The Love Potion directed by Anastanzia Chikwadwe, Anton Chekhov’s The Proposal directed by Patricia Kampango and Innocent Banda’s Cracks directed by Tamanda Banda.
On Tuesday third-year directing class presented Fatima Dike’s Glasshouse directed by Tupaliwe Nyondo, Spencer Chunga and Hodges Likwembe’s That Man is Evil directed by Karen Namwaza, Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Ernest Excerpt directed by Claire Chipwanya and Anton Chekhov’s The Bear directed by Cassim Mkali.
And yesterday final-year acting class presented a play titled Uzimba Usimbe Wako at The Great Hall devised and directed by Zindaba Chisiza.
Tomorrow night, there is another production titled Lysistrata at the Little Theatre to be presented by acting 1B.
“Lysistrata is a bawdy anti-war comedy by the ancient Greek playwright Aristophanes, first staged in 411 BCE. It is the comic account of one woman’s extraordinary mission to end the Peloponnesian war, as Lysistrata convinces the women of Greece to withhold sexual priviledges from their husbands as a means of forcing the men to negotiate a peace,” lecturer Thoko Kapiri said.
Apart from theatre performances, FPA on Wednesday held an end- of -semester concert in the Little Theatre with a line-up of fourth -year (voice solo, classic guitar, classic piano and contemporary band.
Tonight, Little Theatre will play host to the finalists concert with the line-up (fourth year) – voice solo, classic guitar, classic piano and contemporary band.
FPA Head of Department Catherine Makhumula-Mtimuni, whose department is also in other initiatives having received funds from Sound Connects Fund, described the performances as regular schedules.
“We schedule end of semester and end of year performances. Students are graded based on these performances. The only difference is that this year we have publicised them,” Makhumula-Mtimuni said.
In another development, Villa Kupa in Zomba will play host to Mwezi Wawala event featuring spoken word and other performances.
According to organisers, Mwezi Wawala is a platform where Zomba artists to showcase their talents.
The event is a mixture of different artistic performances including poetry, theatre and music.
The event will bring exhibits from Nikiwe Mtema, Kelvin Mkumbira, Shammah Chipyoza, Pretty Baked and Tapiwa.
The other performances on the line-up are spoken word by Millesimal Poetry and Caroline Luka with karaoke vibes from Hope Czo and magic show by Jeff the Magician.
There will also be a live premiere of ‘Ningenjelwanga’ by Swsh as well as ‘Ipatse Moto’ and ‘Wonse’ by The Tribe.