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Malawi, Germany in theatre connection

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Theatre continues to connect Malawi and Germany, the latest link being a performance of an adaptation of Lear by Edward Bond to be staged at Jacaranda Cultural Centre (JCC) in Blantyre this afternoon.

There have been a number of collaboration productions between Malawi and Germany through different theatre groups but, this time it, is Umunthu.

With Covid, the actors from the two countries could not connect physically, paving the way for into virtual links.

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The actors from Malawi namely Lydia Banda and McArthur Matukuta from Solomonic Peacocks, Mphundu Mjumira and Robert Magasa, who is also a contemporary dancer and trainer, in April staged a series of part of the production ahead of the premiere during the Easter Theatre Festival at the same venue.

The team last weekend also invaded Pakhonde Ethno Music Festival at Chingalire Cultural Centre in Lilongwe, where they conducted theatre workshops.

They engaged with some of the young people at Chingalire interested in theatre, as well as other artistic forms, and other artists.

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“We are excited to be here; it was hard with Covid but with things opening up, we are here. Our relationship with Solomonic Peacocks dates way back and this collaboration is a continuation. This is all about working together, sharing theatre ideas and learning from each other,” Inka Grund said.

She also said she enjoyed the theatre workshops at Pakhonde Ethno Music Festival.

Solomonic Peacocks Director McArthur Matukuta said they were happy to have their Germany counterparts in the country, having failed to link up for some time due to Covid.

“This performance follows a bond we built a long time ago; our counterparts are not new, they have been here before and we are happy with the strides we have made. These connections are important in terms of growing our creative industry, learning from each other and uplifting our theatre industry,” Matukuta said.

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