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Playwright Phiri in another international project

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PHIRI—It is quite exciting to be part of this

Blantyre-based playwright and actor Fumbani Phiri has found himself representing the country in an international project that has seen him directing one of the productions.

Having last year also won a fund on the international front that saw him directing a play titled The Wall following a successful theatre residency, Phiri was selected to be amongst 100 directors for a project known as The Hektomeron.

This is an international project which carries a universal message of hope and its theme is ‘100 Days, 100 Stories and 100 Countries’.

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Inspired by Decameron, Giovanni Boccaccio’s collection of novellas written over 650 years ago, the project will stage the book’s 100 short stories which reflect today’s state of the world, in which isolation, fear and death are present just as they were at the time Decameron was written in the immediate aftermath of the Black Death that struck Florence in 1348.

Starting on January 15 2021, the project is set to unfold a story staged by a different director everyday broadcast live on www.hektomeron.com.

The project brings together 100 directors from 100 different countries around the world.

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The plays will be live-streamed from the National Theatre’s Amza Pellea Hall and staged by successful theatre directors from Italy, Ukraine, Botswana, Hungary, Brazil, Spain, Albania, Rwanda, Croatia, Malawi, Nigeria and United States of America.

Phiri, who is a member of YDC Theatre said Tuesday he is directing a play titled Day 4, Sixth Story.

The play will feature on Saturday from 7 pm.

“It is quite exciting to be part of this. At first we thought the pandemic has blocked us from cultural collaborations but a taste of virtual interaction seems to be a possible way of regaining cultural exchange through co-production online,” he said.

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