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Magasa finally stars in ‘Of Mice and Men’

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By Sam Banda Jnr:

ON STAGE —Magasa (left) starring in the play

Actor Robert Magasa finally starred in a play Of Mice and Men, an adaptation piece by Theater Konstanz which premiered in Germany last Friday.

The play will be staged in several places in Germany before Magasa returns home in December.

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Magasa, who plays Crooks in a play which has a cast of eight, left the country last month.

He underwent rehearsals with the rest of the cast before the performances.

“The premiere was at Stadttheater Konstanz. The second show is tomorrow (Tuesday). We have more than 17 shows,” Magasa said on Monday.

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He said the play has been directed by Professor Didi Danquar t, a well-known Germany movie director.

Apart from Magasa, some of the actors starring in the play are Ingo Biermann, Sebastian Haase, Vladimir Pavic, Florian Rummel, Jana Alexia Rodiger, Raphael Westermeier and Thomas Fritz Jung.

“The premiere was epic; the feeling was great from the audience and from the members of the cast. I have never witnessed a long applause like the one we got on Friday,” he said.

The Blantyre-based actor said he is happy to be part of this play Of Mice and Men, which is both in English and German.

According to available information, Of Mice and Men is a novella written by author John Steinbeck.

Published in 1937, it tells the story of George Milton and Lennie Small, two displaced migrant ranch workers who move from place to place in California in search of new job opportunities during the Great Depression in the United States.

Steinbeck based the novella on his own experiences working alongside migrant farm workers as a teenager in the 1910s.

Theater Konstanz has been in partnership with Nanzikambe Arts for some time, which has seen them working together in different projects.

Last year, Theater Konstanz also cast Mphundu Mjumira in a play Fear Eats the Soul in which he played the lead role.

The play toured in Germany before it was also staged in Malawi.

Magasa, who has starred with Nanzikambe in several plays, last year alongside musician Ben Mankhamba, Stanley Mambo and Joshua Bhima—also featured in a William Shakespeare’s play The Tempest in United Kingdom.

The play was directed by Kate Stafford of Bilimakhwe Arts, who once worked with Nanzikambe.

Magasa could not be drawn to say whether the play would also be staged in Malawi.

“For now, I don’t know but it will be better if it was also staged in Malawi,” he said.

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