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‘We were lazy in 2015’

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One of the oldest and popular drama groups in the country – Kwathu has admitted that they did not do enough in the year 2015 where they only managed to produce one play.

Director of the group, Eric Mabedi better known as Jakobo, said apart from holding several performances, Kwathu did not give people new productions as they have done in the past years.

“The past years we have given people more than four plays in a year but last year things were not that good, we were lazy,” he said.

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Mabedi, who is one of the oldest members of the group alongside Charles Mphoka and have been in the forefront stitching plays, said in 2015, the only new production they launched, was Aneneri.

Aneneri is a play which was written by Mphoka and musician Billy Kaunda.

He then said they will do more this year and that their fans should brace for more productions.

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“Let me assure Malawians that we will give them more productions this year. Actually we will be launching a new play on March 3 titled Mwatilakwira,” said Mabedi.

He said they were targeting to launch more than four productions this year.

“We don’t want to play it lazy again this year. There is more coming but for a start we have Mwatilakwira as I said and we will be releasing more details about the play later,” said Mabedi.

Kwathu has stood out as one of the active groups especially drama in Chichewa.

Things were better off with drama in English where groups like Nanzikambe, Solomonic Peacocks and Lions Theatre staged productions.

With the country facing economic challenges, several drama groups have failed to come out and hold performances due to inadequate funding.

National Theatre Association of Malawi (Ntam) recently admitted that it also did not do enough in terms of propelling theatre.

Ntam President Manasseh Chisiza further said that many drama groups were grounded because of inadequate funding and he said there was need to strategise if they were to bring back theatre’s lost glory.

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