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Young Travellers warms up Easter Fest with one-act play

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Young Travellers Theatre Saturday afternoon entertained people with a one-act production titled The Dark Days of Marriage held at Jacaranda Cultural Centre (JCC) in Blantyre.

The play, written and directed by Imran Shaban, acted as a build-up to the Easter Theatre Festival, spearheaded by Solomonic Peacocks taking place at the same venue from April 8 to 10 2022.

Young Travellers Theatre premiered the production at the venue sometime back but decided to restage it featuring Peculiar Kazembe.

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One-act productions are challenging and actors have to be good to engage the audience to follow the play throughout and Kazembe passed the test.

The youthful actress executed her role decently; she cried, laughed, danced and sang in the production that demanded a lot and she reminded some theatre lovers of the exploits of Switzerland-based actor Mbene Mbunga Mwambene in Story of a Tiger.

There was no going off stage for Kazembe; she had to change costume several times and had to do it fast to keep the stage active and she managed and engaged the audience at will, especially when she needed backing vocals when singing.

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Kazembe also had to switch roles by playing wife and husband and that demanded her to change her soft voice to a deeper one to tie it to a man.

There were gaps in some flashes where she needs to improve but she killed it, showing that women have what it takes to excel in theatre.

“I like to take up challenges and when this opportunity to star in this one-act play came, I jumped on it. It was tough for sure,” Kazembe said.

The Dark Days of Marriage, which came in timely ahead of International Women’s Day tomorrow, tells the story of a woman who experienced tough life in her first marriage that left her in pain and nearly lost her life.

Easter Theatre Festival Director McArthur Matukuta hailed Young Travellers for the powerful production.

“This was part of build-up and it just tells people more about what to expect during Easter Theatre Festival. We are ready and we have released the line-up of artists and it includes Young Travellers, who will perform on the second day with their play titled Lobola,” Matukuta said.

He said people should brace for theatre performances, workshops, dance, comedy and poetry, among other activities.

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