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Theatre in Mandala seeks to grow theatre

TADDJA—We are looking at building networks

Theatre has over the years lost its vibrancy due to a number of challenges including the coming in of technology which has led to people shifting their focus to other areas such as watching movies.

Theatre has lost its audience, with some drama groups being grounded.

But all is not lost for theatre as theatre practitioners continue to look at different ways of winning back the audience.

It is in this vein that actor and filmmaker Tawonga Taddja Nkhonjera alongside Jacaranda Cultural Centre (JCC) in Blantyre have partnered to introduce Theatre in Mandala.

The platform, according to Nkhonjera, who is also leading Malawi Lens which is set to give a platform to Malawian filmmakers to showcase their movies, is part of bringing the best of theatre.

Nkhonjera said the new programme starts on Saturday.

“We will host plays by Malawian theatre ensembles in a bid to attract our audiences back to live stage performances,” he said.

Nkhonjera, who has crafted a number of productions, said, once a month, they will show a new play, showcase new actors and actresses.

“We are looking at building networks for developing theatre locally and internationally. We want to bring back the vibrancy of theatre,” he said.

Charge d’affaires at the European Union (EU) Delegation in Malawi said over the weekend during the EU Festival that different art disciplines including theatre have the potential to grow only if young people and creators were exposed to different platforms.

Theatre at Mandala is expected to have theatre performances, comedy skits, workshops and discourses.

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