Theatre in Mandala, a new arena that seeks to grow theatre and give a platform to established and up-and-coming players to showcase their theatrical works, started on a high note on Saturday at Jacaranda Cultural Centre (JCC) in Blantyre.
Led by actor, playwright, poet and filmmaker Tawonga Taddja Nkhonjera, Theatre in Mandala attracted a good patronage made up of both veteran and up-and-coming players in the theatre industry.
The participants engaged in workshops where they shared ideas on issues to do with theatre before sampling a one-act play titled Dark Days of My Marriage written by Imran Shaban and starring Aisha Sanudi.
The theatre industry in the country has not exploited much as regards one-act productions but it seems the trend is now changing.
Sanudi showed that women have what it takes to progress in theatre when she journeyed with the audience in the one-act play, bringing emotions and also changing roles.
The play—Dark Days of My Marriage—has a powerful message of gender-based violence where a woman narrates the ordeal she encountered in her marriage, being tortured by her husband.
After the performance, the audience had time to critique the production so as to give it proper direction.
“It is a good piece with a powerful message. It is a challenging production, especially being one-act, but there has to be improvement in voice projection,” veteran actor and playwright Maxwell Chiphinga, popularly known as Max DC, said.
Sanudi said, being the first time to star in a one-act production, she tried her best.
Nkhonjera said they were looking to do more through Theatre in Mandala.
Nkhonjera and team are also set to host Malawi Lens every last Saturday of the month to give a platform to filmmakers to screen their movies and also get critiqued.
JCC Director Luc Deschamps described the platform as another project aimed at propelling the creative industry.