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Dikamawoko Arts to return on stage with 3 productions

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After a prolonged absence from the scene in terms of stage drama, Blantyre-based Dikamawoko Arts has revealed that it is coming back on stage in full swing with three plays.

Dikamawoko Arts director Tawonga Nkhonjera said yesterday that having done well in other circles in the arts citing film, music and traditional dances they would now to put their stage drama picture back in shape.

“We feel it’s time now to break this stage drama hiatus and we are now calling on both seasoned and emerging actors to audition to be cast for the production of three stage plays,” said Nkhonjera.

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Renowned for being a multi-dimensional arts centre, Dikamawoko Arts has recently shown activity in the world of cinema, with films such as B’ella and The Shoe Shiner.

“As an art form, one can argue within reason that theatre has not progressed or prospered as have other art forms. However, to say theatre is dead is to express myopia of our culture. Theatre is the bedrock of our being as Malawians,” he said.

The last time Dikamawoko Arts staged a theatre production was in March, 2015 when they reprised the historical play Malawi Kwacha.

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“Theatre lives. We hope to spark a lasting revival for theatre with these three plays. We want theatre to emulate its cousin poetry. Poetry in Malawi has risen to stratospheric levels both in quality of work and appreciation by audiences,” he said.

Nkhonjera added that this was in contrast with theatre groups which have not been as prolific.

“We have hungry actors, and even hungrier audiences. We want to give audiences mature, professional, pure and unadulterated stage productions that will bring back the taste of theatre into the people’s mouths,” said the actor.

Dikamawoko’s appearance in stage drama comes barely a month after The Descendants Theatre also premiered their production From The Freedom Square in Blantyre.

The productions that the group has on its plate are A Dry Pond, which has a cast of six; Chaos which Nkhonjera said is an adaptation of Le Dieu Du Carnage (The God of Carnage), a play by French playwright Yasmin Reza and Taking Madiba, a one-man play.

“We are serious on this and people should brace for a treat. We are also calling upon the corporate world to help us,” he said.

On the cast, the playwright elaborated that he will stick with his tradition of introducing young and fresh talent.

Since incept ion, Dikamawoko Arts has given a platform to young artists like Vinjeru Kamanga, Chimwemwe Mkwezalamba, Ot’ooli Masanza and Yankho Seunda.

“We always want to produce fresh and exciting art. Art should provoke. We want to give out three plays because we have been silent for too long,” he said.

He said of the three plays, only Taking Madiba is already cast stressing that they are just looking for a director and a voice artist.

Nkhonjera said the auditions for the three productions will be held this Friday at Chrich Gardens in Blantyre.

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