YDC Theatre will this afternoon stage a play titled The Walking Ngwazi at Blantyre Cultural Centre (BCC).
With the country commemorating the life of former President Hastings Kamuzu Banda today, which is a public holiday, the youthful theatre group joins the rest of the country by staging this play.
Written by Fumbani Phiri and directed by Jack Musumba, the play takes people back to the year 1898, the birthday of Kamuzu.
Phiri said The Walking Ngwazi tells the story of double conflicting forces from diverse upbringings, nature, circumstantial and intents developed in parallel and destined to one opposite side in fighting for freedom during colonial era.
“The production is quite different from the previous one, the last performance for The Walking Ngwazi was in 2018 during Tumaini Festival. This time around the play has been extended from 55 minutes to 90 minutes run out with much fusion of music and poetry,” he said.
Phiri said the play also has an extension of use of symbolisms to sustain the meaning of the piece as a classic one.
“I like history so much and this dates back to primary school and the story of Kamuzu has been a myth since way back and I remember my late dad once told me “do you know that Kamuzu’s maternal origin is traced back from Nkhata Bay?” since that time, I have been documenting any history resources about Kamuzu,” he said.
Phiri said he has been conducting vast research of Kamuzu’s story.
“Kamuzu’s history is not political but a classic literature history,” he said.