‘The Island’ set to stage at Club 31


A Two act play titled The Island featuring Misheck Mzumara and Thoko Kapiri takes to the stage at Club 31 in Mzuzu on Sunday.

The performance is a partnership between Mzuzu University Theatre Arts Group (Mutag) and Migrant Arts.

Mzumara, who is a drama lecturer at Mzuzu University, said Thursday that the talking is now over and that it was time to give people the performance, having undergone massive rehearsals.


“Everything is set; the performance will be live and virtual at the same time. We indicated last time that this is a show of open contributions and part of the money realised will go towards Covid support,” he said.

Mzumara also said that with the situation yet to normalise as regards the pandemic, they will follow all the necessary preventive measures.

He said the show is also part of giving people entertainment, having missed it for some time due to the pandemic.


“Fifty people will be allowed to watch the show live and we ask people to wear masks. We will be strict, no mask no entry and inside we will make sure people sit two metres apart,” Mzumara said.

He said the performance will be streamed live on Kapiri and Mzumara’s Facebook pages.

He said, having staged the play a number of times, this is a chance for those who have not watched The Island to sample it.

Meanwhile, Mzumara has called for assistance towards his studies in Master of Fine Arts in Theatre: Directing and Public Dialogue at Virginia Tech and State University in United States of America on GoFundMe.

Kapiri, who is lecturing communication studies and theatre development at Mzuni, said they have planned several virtual shows and that this is one of them.

In the play, two disillusioned black men, John and Winston, must perform a Eurocentric classic Antigone before an audience, while one of them would actually wish to represent his own African stories, leading to a conflict of whose stories should black people represent on stage.

The play is being directed by Kapiri who also co-acts in it alongside Mzumara. Kapiri plays John while Mzumara stars Winston.

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