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Kwathu Drama Group restages ‘Achithekere’

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By Sam Banda Jnr:

Kwathu Drama Group will restage a play titled Achithekere in thanksgiving shows.

The play written by Charles Mphoka, who is one of the oldest members of the group was launched last year.

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Kwathu Drama Group Director, Eric Mabedi, popularly known as Jakobo, said Thursday all was set for the Thanksgiving shows.

“We are undergoing rehearsals. We thought of restaging Achithekere because some people missed it last year and, again, we just thought of looking back. Again, this play delves into the issue of a girl and we thought this is still relevant,” Mabedi said.

He said the play also talks about parents who are fond of arranging marriages for their children.

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“Through this play, we are encouraging parents to send girls to school regardless of the challenges they go through,” the veteran actor said.

He said, last year, Kwathu failed to stage more productions due to challenges beyond control, including his illness.

“The shows are also part of thanking people for their support. First of all I would like to thank God for the healing mercies and then people for the support, the government and the media,” he said.

Apart from Achithekere, the group last year also launched a play titled Umboni wa Mwana written by Mabedi.

Mabedi returned home last month from India after undergoing a successful kidney transplant.

Friends of Eric Mabedi sounded an SOS for the actor, who needed K20 million to go for kidney transplant in India.

The government supported the artist, who has contributed immensely to the creative industry in the country.

Before going for the kidney transplant, Mabedi had been undergoing dialysis at Mwaiwathu Hospital in Blantyre.

The thanksgiving shows start on March 2 2019 at Gymkhana Club in Zomba, before dating their home ground Blantyre Cultural Centre on March 3 and then Lilongwe Community Centre Hall on March 4.

Meanwhile Mabedi has revealed that the group will premiere a new play during Easter.

“I am putting together a production which is based on the events happening on the ground now as we head towards the May 21 elections. I feel that we, as artists, need to tackle these issues because they are important,” he said.

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