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‘Umboni wa Mwana’ gets a thumbs up

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Kwathu Drama Group underlined its strength in theatre in the country when it premiered a powerful and mature production Umboni wa Mwana at Blantyre Cultural Centre (BCC) on Sunday.

It is a topical play that is focusing on men who abandon their responsibilities when they impregnate women out of wedlock, only to come back to claim children when they have been taken care of by other men or relatives.

The play, written by Bon Kalindo popularly known as Winiko, his first for Kwathu, kept the impressive audience lively.

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In the play, while in a relationship, a man (Eric Mabedi) impregnates a woman (Emma Chikwembeya) only to run away from responsibility.

After five years he comes back to seek forgiveness as well as get back what he claimed belonged to him.

But it was too late as Chikwembeya was married to another man by the name of Ngwira (played by Moses Mandebvu), who took up the responsibilities that Mabedi abandoned.

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In the play, Kwathu also shows its quick grasp of current issues by zeroing in on among others, the recent arrest of a catholic priest in connection with albino killings.

“It’s a topical play, educating and entertaining. I am also impressed in that the group still has veteran actors still active,” Buxton Kayuni said.

Mabedi, who is the group’s director hailed people for their support.

“It was a good show and the turnout was impressive. And the reaction from the people from the word go showed they followed the story,” he said.

Mabedi said it was the first time for Kalindo to write a play for Kwathu and called on other members in the group to follow suit.

“We also want to call upon our fans, those who have plays to come forth. In the past we used books by Willie Zingani such as Madzi Akatayika, Njala Bwana and Ndaziwona Ine. Those who are writing books bring them so that we can dramatise them,” he said.

Mabedi asked other groups to be active and come out with plays in order for theatre fans to have a variety.

Kalindo, who as usual was on top of his game in the play said he came up with the play to highlight the day to day issues.

“These are true life stories and basically what we are saying is that most people forget where we are coming from not knowing it will be useful later. This is the beginning of people seeing a variety of plays from Kwathu,” he said.

Kalindo said the play will be taken to other places although he was quick to say that the Northern Region has proved to be difficult because it demands a lot in terms of costs.

Other actors starring in the play are Linda Chatha, Mwandipa Chimaliro, Enifa

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