Manganya’s play invades Blantyre
A play titled Mwanayu Ndi Wanu? written by Minister of Natural Resources and Climate Change Michael Usi, who goes by the moniker Manganya in the theatre sphere will be staged at Robins Park in Blantyre on Sunday.
The production comes to the commercial city following its successful premiere at Bingu International Convention Centre (BICC) in Lilongwe recently where it raised K7 million.
Usi said Monday that they have decided to bring the play to Robins Park by public demand.
“Having premiered the play at BICC, people have been asking us to bring it to Blantyre and so, we decided to honour their request,” he said.
With the performance this coming Sunday, Usi, said they have decided to hold the handover of the money which they had scheduled for today to a later date.
“For now we will hold on to the K7 million and wait for the money we will raise in Blantyre otherwise, we are thankful for the support we got in Lilongwe as well as the patronage and we are looking forward to the same in Blantyre,” he said.
Apart from offering entertainment as an art therapy as the country is still coping with the effects of Cyclone Freddy, the performance is also aimed at raising funds to build houses for some of the survivors of Cyclone Freddy, whose houses got damaged.
The play centres on a typical Malawian story of gossip where an elderly woman goes around poking her nose into other people’s business with the aim of destroying a couple’s marriage.
Apart from Manganya, some of the members of the cast include Bon Kalindo popularly known as Winiko, Linda Chatha, Ruth Simika (Mai a Sikono), Mafumu Matiki (Mlelemba), Margaret Chikwembeya (Azakhali), Ferguson Magona and Jeremiah Mwaungulu.
In another development, an all-female band – The Daughters from Music Crossroads fresh from their performance at Nkhotakota Music Festival on Saturday will tomorrow perform at a Cyclone Freddy camp in Soche, Blantyre in a Hope Live Performance.
The band apart from a live music performance which is aimed at providing therapy will also hold a girls motivational talk as well as distribute sanitary pads.
Daughters Band is also expected to hold performances in Mulanje and Mwanza as part of the anti-human trafficking campaigns they are holding with IOM UN Migration.