The K5 million Superior Drama competition spearheaded by Superior Events Management (Sem) through Superior Films in partnership with National Theatre Association of Malawi (Ntam) was finally launched on Monday at Blantyre Cultural Centre.
Deputy Mayor of the City of Blantyre Joseph Makwinja officially launched the competition.
The launch, however, failed to pull a huge audience on a cold day despite being spiced up with several performances including popular drama group –Kwathu.
Makwinja hailed Superior Events Management for creating such a platform that will keep drama groups busy.
“I am honoured to be part of this launch. I would like to commend Superior Events Management and National Theatre Association of Malawi for putting together this competition. This will surely help revive theatre,” Makwinja said.
The deputy mayor, who took time out to watch some of the performances before he left and at times was left in stitches, said art, among others, exists to foster unity and that it brings people from all walks of life together.
“Art brings entertainment and artists have entertained us for years in the country. This competition being launched today will help promote drama across the nation. Drama is very important because it also helps in promoting our culture,” he said.
Ntam president Eric Mabedi thanked Superior Events Management for taking interest in theatre by rolling out the competition.
“We must admit that the standards of theatre have gone down and we needed to find ways of lifting it and competitions like these help in motivating actors and actresses,” Mabedi said.
He called on all drama groups to register and participate in the competition and challenged them to come out with good plays.
“As Ntam, we will make sure that the competition runs smoothly because if we do it better, we will attract more sponsors,” he said.
Superior Films Manager Ian Chitsekula said the launch means that they have started the journey.
“We have sensitised and mobilised all drama groups to participate. Superior Films wants to revive drama,” Chitsekula said.
He said the competition will give them a formidable base for acting for Superior Films which will be producing movies starting off with Footsteps of ‘the First Lady’.
Chitsekula said the winner will walk away with K1.5 million with second and third positions pocketing K750,000 and K500,000 respectively.
Superior Events Management Director Japhet Majekete insisted that they were serious with the competition set to start early next month.
“We are serious with what we are doing. We have the capacity but other sponsors are free to support this initiative because all what we want is to revive theatre. We have been hosting other events such as boxing but now we want theatre to take back its place,” Majekete said.
During the launch, the audience watched performances from, among others, Logos Theatre, Upile Drama Group, Kwathu Drama Group, Che Muthinda and Mologeni and Solomonic Peacocks.
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