July 20 2011, when 21 people smitten with desire for positive change governance-wise were gunned down, may be long dead, a speck in a distant memory, but a group of youthful actors is too conscious to let such memories fade.
That is why The Creative Minds, a group of talented individuals from Chancellor College (Chanco) in Zomba City, has decided to come together and re-tell the story of death and terror under the bright sun of democracy. The venue is the Great Hall this evening.
Not that it is the first time the group, which was born in 2014, is staging the play, aptly called Sometimes in July. Its actors have done it more than once, which has given them the chance to perfect their game for the July 20 turn of 2019.
One of the group’s directors, Bright Tchayachaya, said Wednesday that some moments, especially the historical type, cannot be left untold from the artist’s point of view.
“As you know, July 20 2011 will be remembered as a day Malawians stood up against autocracy. This is the day Malawians took to the streets to demonstrate against the excesses of power. Sadly, 21 people were killed. I remember that there was a mass funeral; in fact, a mass grave was created where they were laid to rest.
“That was a turning point and these are, undoubtedly, the unsung heroes. We are never told who these heroes are. Their names are hidden from the history of our country. Their sacrifice is not appreciated. But we are committed to re-telling their story of hope that culminated in death,” Tchayatchaya said.
He said the group was formed to be telling untold stories.
“That is why, in this case, we created a theatre piece that theorises what might have happened in 2011. This is based on research the team undertook. Sometimes in July thus was born from actual events that occurred in Malawi,” he added.
Some of the actors starring in the play include Diane Mkomba, Roselyn Dzanja, Chifuniro Nyambi, Kellie Chikoko, Chimwemwe Tsabola, Vitumbiko Zgambo, Jim Jabes and Cassim Mkali and Tchayatchaya.