Kwathu returns with ‘Ana Akumpanda


After being out of the limelight for close to two years due to Covid, Kwathu Drama Group returns to the stage with a play titled Ana Akumpanda.

Written by the group’s veteran member Charles Mphoka, Ana Akumpanda failed to be premiered twice due to Covid and now Kwathu is hoping to succeed.

The group performs at Mulanje District Assembly Hall this Sunday before dating Blantyre Cultural Centre on Independence Day.


“It’s been hard for the creative sector as regards holding shows. We would have premiered Ana Akumpanda long time ago but Covid failed us. As Kwathu, we always premiere four productions every year but we have failed to do so,” Mphoka said Wednesday.

The veteran actor and playwright, who has written several productions for Kwathu, said they were hoping that things would go well this time.

“We just pray that this time everything should work. We have been rehearsing and we are looking forward to entertain people with this play and at the same time educate them on a number of issues,” he said.


Mphoka said this is not a political play but rather the piece looks at the life that people lead, especially those coming from high-class families.

“In the play, I just tried to look at what happens in well-to-do families where children have, for instance, no time to work, everything is done for them and as a result they miss out on a number of important aspects of life including culture,” the old-timer said.

He underlined the fact that most of the children grow up without knowing their duties in all aspects.

Mphoka said the play has all the renowned Kwathu players in the cast including the group’s spokesperson Bon Kalindo popularly known as Winiko, Linda Chatha, Enifa Chiwaya, Emma Chikwembeya and Eric Mabedi, better known as Jakobo.

He also said that they will strictly follow Covid measures during the two shows.

In Mulanje, apart from sampling the play, people will also be treated to poetry by Raphael Sitima and traditional dances.

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