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Dramatist Smith Likongwe to release new book

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By Sam Banda Jnr:

FILLING THE VOID—The cover of the book

After launching two books of plays, The Chief’s Blanket and Other Plays and Living Playscripts: A Trilogy with The Chancellor College Travelling Theatre recently, renowned drama lecturer and playwright Smith Likongwe is set to release one more book this month.

Likongwe said Thursday the book, titled Southern African Plays Collection, is ready.

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Edited by Likongwe and published by Pan African Publishers under Shadreck Chikoti, the collection brings together five plays written by eight distinguished playwrights from Malawi, Zambia, Zimbabwe and South Africa.

Likongwe said the book has works of established and upcoming, black and white as well as male and female playwrights.

In the collection, Likongwe, from University of Malawi, contributes The President’s Prerogative; Dr Cheela Chilala from the University of Zambia has Blood Ties; multi-award winning Blessing Hungwe and Rumbidzai Karize from Zimbabwe have contributed Burn Mukwerekwere, Burn; world renowned theatre giant Mpumelelo Paul Grootboom and Mothusi Mokoto from South Africa have the unparalleled and sexually poignant Cards.

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There is also a collection of a play by Tau Maserumule and Robyn McHarry from South Africa, Strategy of Grey.

Likongwe said the Southern African plays collection is the first of its kind.

“Previously there have been no known publications of a collection of plays transcending the borders of one country within the Southern African region,” Likongwe said.

He said one of the works on record is African Women Playwrights, which is an anthology consisting of nine plays by a diverse group of women from the African continent.

“Other than that, there have only been collections of plays from within a country,” he said.

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