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Let us look at our own works— Smith Likongwe

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Renowned dramatist, Smith Likongwe, has said there is need for Malawians to look at “our own works” as well as strive to possess valuable literature for posterity.

Likongwe said this in an interview Monday following the launch of two books of plays The Chief’s Blanket and Other Plays and Living Playscripts: A Trilogy at Blantyre Sports Club on Sunday.

Chancellor College (Chanco) Travelling Theatre led by Likongwe, has published the two books as part of documenting some plays.

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“We need to look at our own works and appreciate them. So I call upon people to grab these two books and appreciate the very high standards set,” Likongwe said.

He said the books are selling at Central Bookshop in Blantyre and Maneno Bookshop in Lilongwe.

Living Playscripts : A Trilogy is selling at K7,500 while The Chief’s Blanket and Other Plays is selling K6,500,” Likongwe said.

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During the launch on Sunday, according to Likongwe, there were extracts of plays done and that there was also auction.

“The response was very good. We are finally launching the two books again at Bridge View Hotel in Lilongwe. In Lilongwe there shall also be short performances of different extracts of the plays for people to appreciate and sample,” he said.

Living Playscripts: A Trilogy contains a Malawian trilogy of the lives and times of three of the country’s Presidents namely Bakili Muluzi, the late Bingu wa Mutharika and Joyce Banda.

“It is not a book of history but rather it is a book of plays involving real-life personalities with real issues and situations aimed at being presented on stage,” Likongwe said.

He said the title Living Playscripts is derived from the fact that the plays stem from lives and decisions that affect real people during and after the reigns of the three leaders.

In the book, there are three plays – Bakili’s Wit (Bakili Muluzi), The Tragedy of Bingu (Bingu wa Mutharika) and Amai’s Turn (Joyce Banda).

In The Chief’s Blanket and Other Stories, there are six plays written by budding and established playwrights.

“Inspite of the existence of formal education in Malawi, the country has largely remained an oral society with very little of its activities published. There are many plays created by Malawians but they are only performed and forgotten,” he said.

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