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Solomonic’s actor off to South Africa

One of Blantyre-based theatre group Solomonic Peacocks students Fumbani Phiri Tuesday left for South Africa to participate in a theatre residency programme.

The youthful actor said he was excited to participate in the theatre residency adding that it will give him an opportunity to acquire fresh skills.

“This year there is more because apart from theatre, we will also be trained on spoken word. So this is very important for me in terms of theatre growth,” he said.

Phiri will participate in the 2017 Next Generation Residency at the Cradle of Creativity (19th ASSITEJ World Congress and Performing Arts Festival) in Cape Town running from May 16-27.

The organisers of the residency said in a letter of invitation that they were delighted that Phiri had made it out of the 277 applications.

The Solomonic Peacocks student is one of the 30 participants from Africa and the rest of the world who will participate in the residency.

Solomonic Peacocks Executive Director McArthur Matukuta said they were happy that one of their students had been invited to a theatre programme.

He said Phiri applied for the residency with assistance from the theatre group.

“There are a lot of benefits because Assitej promotes theatre for young people which Malawi doesn’t have. This will be an exposure of Malawian youths to international platforms as far as theatre is concerned,” Matukuta said.

He said the country will have an opportunity to establish Assitej chapter.

“Theatre development skills and programmes for young people at professional level will open its doors to Malawi. This organisation operates more like Music Crossroads,” Matukuta said.

He also said that with this programme, there will be a continuation journey for those involved in Association of Teaching of English in Malawi (Atem), French Drama Schools competition and National Schools Arts Festival (Nasfest).

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