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Opens on: May 17, 2013
Venue: Phoenix Players, Professional Centre
Runs until: June 1, 2013
Tickets: Kshs 500 & Students Kshs 300
George and Seraphine run a hotel in a small rural town. Seraphine is fed up with the drudgery of her daily life, and feels that George doesn’t appreciate her. George seeks Solace with his mistress, Yvette, but she too is becoming disgruntled, living in a leaky apartment and longing for a comfortable housewife’s existence. Aramis, Georges friend suggests the women swap lives for a while, Seraphine goes to live in Yvette’s apartment and Yvette joins George in the running of the hotel.
Unfortunately for George, Yvette is not quite the homemaker that Seraphine was, soon he is pining for his capable and efficient wife. George’s Aunt Marie turns up and mistakes Yvette for Seraphine ,whom she has never met. Eventually Seraphine returns home and she and Yvette agree that they were both better off where they were. Maybe it’s George who is the real root of their problems. George agrees to go away for a while, but the question remains of who should take his place….
Recital – A Fundraising Concert in aid of the National Youth Orchestra of Kenya, May 18 2013 @ Kenton College
The recital will feature: Karis Crawford on the Violin, James Laight on the Piano, Jenny Moore on the Tuba, Levi Wataka on the Piano and Annalee Whitehead on the Piano.
The concert features music by Bruch, Gershwin, Mozart, Bach, Brahms, Kabelevsky, Rachmaninov and many others.
Charges are Kshs 500/- for Adults and Kshs 200/- for Children/Students.
Come enjoy great music while supporting a fantastic cause.
Dates: Until May 4, 2013
Venue: Phoenix Players, the professional Centre
Tickets: Ksh. 500 Students Ksh 300
The Theatre Company presents this extraordinary award winning performance. The play is set in Kiambu County in the plush environs of Windsor, Falstaff makes his love and desires know not to one but two married women in identical letters. Upon comparison Mrs. Ford and Mrs. Page plot their revenge on Falstaff for being so bold and assuming. The revenge plan unveils itself with almost catastrophic but hilarious consequences. Inhabitants of this small town are all part of the unfolding comical events that surround Falstaff’s amorous adventures.
Dates: April 25-28, 2013
Venue: Alliance Francaise de Nairobi
Times: Thursday 6 pm, Friday 6 & 8.30 pm, Saturday 3, 6 & 8.30pm and Sunday 3 & 6pm
Tickets: Ksh. 500/=
Tickets Hotline: 0720 861 236 or 0733 720 585 // Email: email@example.com
Dates: April 5-20, 2013
Venue: Phoenix Theatre
RSVP: firstname.lastname@example.org or 020-2225506 or 0705 589 722
A collage of three of the Bard’s most recognized plays: Romeo and Juliet, Othello and A Midsummer Night’s Dream… Some of the characters from A Midsummer Night’s Dream have escaped the world of Shakespeare, that scoundrel, and stumbled onto ours. As luck would have it, they wander onto a stage where coincidentally an audience is standing by. They will spend the next hour and a half convincing this assembly of theatre goers that love is but a game for fools and Shakespeare, that scoundrel, masterfully exploited that foolishness to create some of the best and deadliest love stories ever told.
Its a cold winters evening and bitter,irascible divorcee Henry is enjoying a Scotch and some classical music in glorious solitude. He is soon disturbed,however, by the unwelcome appearance of his son Mathew, bringing with him his new girlfriend,the unappealing punk/Goth Christine. Mathew is obviously keen for a reconciliation with his father,but Henry is quite happy the way things are,and sparks soon fly but this is just the beginning, for who should arrive next but Henry’s ex-wife, Mathews mother,Sue! As the cold night wears on Henry and Sue cant help but reck over the ashes of their seemingly dead relationship and to their surprise the faint glow of a new tenderness develops between them, Before long Henry is facing some important decisions…..
Date: March 2, 2013
Venue: GoDown Arts Centre
Time: 2-5 pm
Available at the following outlets:
1. Vivo at the Junction Mall (Ground Floor near The ArtCaffe)
2. Bookstop at Yaya Centre (2nd Floor)
3. The Sarit Centre Information Desk (Ground Floor)
5. MPesa to 0707 305365 (Your ticket will be kept for you at the door).
Ticket proceeds to WRAP* – The Women’s Rights Awareness Programme.
Pinky Ghelani, Savane Kemoli, Aleya Kassam, Lorna Irungu, Wanuri Kahiu, June Gachui, Patricia Kihoro, Suzanne Gachukia, Mumbi Kaigwa, Kaz, Patricia Amira, Mkamzee Chao Mwatela, Seroun Wang’ombe, Njeri (Cathi) Ngugi, Lorna Dias, Hawa Essuman, Chichi Seii, Mo Pearson
SAANIFU is a performance that combines dance, music and poetry, focusing on the subject ‘you’. ‘You’ in this sense refers to the audience as subject and concept of the performance. SAANIFU explores the space between the performer and the audience and tries to open a conversation with the audience, its expectations, thoughts, fears, and disappointments. Through contemporary dance, spoken word, and live percussion the relevance of the space that a performer occupies versus the space that a sitting, standing or moving audience occupies shall be questioned.
SAANIFU is a work in progress and will be presented as such. The title of the performance was created by the performers themselves; it is derived from sanaa meaning ‘the arts’ and sanifu which means ‘refined’.
The performers are Isaack Anyanga on percussion and vocals, Evans Nganga on spoken word and dance, and Adam Chienjo on dance choreography and direction.
Dates: February 20-22, 2013
Venue: Alliance Française Auditorium
Time: at 7.30pm
Tickets: Kshs 900 Available at the ‘Jardin de Paris’ restaurant (Alliance Française ground floor) or Book your ticket: sms 0738-657-680 or 0722-716-059
E-mail contact: email@example.com
Shows followed by a cocktail
This new exciting play starts next week Friday 15th February and runs till 2nd March. George Mungai directs an amazing cast of Phoenix Players in bringing this production to life.
Faoulata, under the guise of interviewing her grandmother for a book on the families of political dissenters is, in fact, searching for her own roots. She already knows that the father whom she has never seen since she was a little girl went into exile and formed a union abroad with a woman other than her own mother. There is expectation in the air: Her father Augustus, ‘Gus’ to all, is returning to be in Kenya in time to witness momentous elections. Some excitement and tension are also foreseeable; Some sensitive encounters will be in order. Over a series of ‘Meetings’ what will be resolved, and what will not…
Dates: Friday 8th Feb, Sat 9th Feb, Sun 10th Feb
VENUE: Alliance Francaise
TIME: Friday 8th Feb 6:30 p.m., Sat 9th Feb 3pm, Sat 9th Feb 6pm, Sun 10th Feb 3pm, Sun 10th Feb 6pm
Tickets: Kshs 500/= [Available at Alliance Francaise]
To book/buy your tickets call 0725 040 951
They call her Cute Ivy… Pretty Ivy … Sweet Ivy … However Her Brothers wife calls Her …
POISON IVY. This is the story of a young married couple who’s bond is quickly tested by the intrusion of a sister.
From the creators of “Corporate Wife,” “History Box” and “Deputy Husband” Wholesome entertainment presents: POISON IVY
Written by: Seth Busolo
Directed by: Pauline Komu &
Produced by: Daisy Busolo, and Samuel Kyama
“In the eyes of a stranger” runs until 9th feb 2013. Tickets only Ksh. 500. Students Ksh. 200.
Sold Out: 6pm show on 9th Feb
The enigmatic center of the play is Pinon, a hermit who 18 years ago locked himself away in his seaside house after possibly cutting his wife into small pieces and permanently scarring the face of Gratia, a local prostitute. Now he sits at the edge of the sea cliff, observing the would-be suicides who come to this lonely spot.
They include Sebastian, a nervous young man with a heart condition who has just been jilted, and Daniel, who is suffering from questions over his sexuality and abandonment by his parents when he was a child. The third visitor is Vera, a runaway bride who comes to see Pinon out of curiosity after hearing his story from a hotel porter.
Bauer explores variations on his title theme. Sebastian asks Pinon to move into the light so he can see his eyes. Vera wonders to an unseen companion how she must appear in their eyes. The porter begs Vera to let him watch her change her clothes. Along the way Bauer weaves the characters’ lives together, in “La Ronde” fashion, shaping ever-changing onstage and offstage duets. In this complex intertwining, Pinon lives in a house he won from the porter in a card game; the porter relates Pinon’s history to Vera; Sebastian wants Vera; Daniel wants Sebastian; Pinon wants to be Daniel’s substitute father figure.
Dates: January 28 to February 1, 2013
Time: Daily at 7pm
This multidisciplinary festival will tackle issues of unity and diversity, corruption and impunity, land issues and reform, governance and leadership with critical eyes and voices, through the mediums of editorial cartoons, XYZ puppets, ‘Kenya Burning’ photographs, music and performing arts, documentaries and public service announcements.
Cartoons by leading Kenyan cartoonists and ‘Kenya Burning’ photographs by Boniface Mwangi will graphically illustrate the path that must be avoided.
A series of short documentaries by ‘INFORM Action’ that specializes in film and community discussions, led by Maina Kiai, former Chairman of the Kenya National Human Rights Commission and UN Special Rapporteur on the Freedom of Assembly and of Association, will engage Kenyans on the persistent need to demand political and social accountability.
Skits and voice talents from the XYZ show together with musicians and comedians including Dan ‘Chizi’ Aceda, Winyo and Larry Asego will use their artistic expressions to emphasize the essence of the festival.
Dates: January 18-26, 2013
Venue: Phoenix Theatre – Parliament Road
Tickets: Kshs 500 [online tickets at ticketsasa.com]
Time: Wed-Thur. at 7 pm, Fri. at 7.30 pm and Sat. at 3 & 6 pm
Dates: January 15-27, 2013
Venue: Alliance Francaise Auditorium
Time: Weekdays 6.30 pm and weekends at 3 & 6.30 pm
Tickets: Kshs 500
Hotline: 0721 608 656
A humorous look at the reason why Kenyan’s don’t keep their new year’s resolutions is because they break them even before they have made them
The play is set in Kiambu County in the plush environs of Windsor, Falstaff makes his love and desires know not to one but two married women in identical letters. Upon comparison Mrs. Ford and Mrs. Page plot their revenge on Falstaff for being so bold and assuming. The revenge plan unveils itself with almost catastrophic but hilarious consequences. The strength of some relationships with doubts creeping and some grow ever so stronger as the inhabitants of this small town watch and are a part of the unfolding comical events that surround Falstaff amorous adventures.
The cast, we believe, represents the best of East African talent features the gigantic talent from Tanzania, Mrisho Mpoto as Falstaff as well as Ogutu Muraya, Neville Misati, Mourad Sadat, Eric Wanyama, Veronica Waceke, Sylvia Namussassi and Kitt Nyan’aya Kiarie.
Wanawake wa Heri wa Windsor
The production was well received at the Globe to Globe Shakespeare festival in London England in April 2012 and received 5 stars from the Guardian Newspaper. Dubbed “Visually intoxicating” and “slapstick…..tinged with genius” by Andrew Gilchrist of The Guardian it is a must see for any theatre lover and enthusiast.
In November 2012 , the production has a successful tour of 3 cities in India it featured at Qadir Ali Baig Theatre Festival in Hyderabad , Ranga Shankara Shakespeare Festival in Banagalore and the United World College (UWC) in Pune.
“a seamless performance providing hilarity non-stop.” Margaretta wa Gacheru, Daily Nation
Back from a successful International Tour of India, The Theatre Company will present Wanawake wa Heri wa Winsa – A Swahili translation of Shakespeare’s Merry Wives of Windsor at the Nairobi National Museum Amphitheatre on the 15th and 16th of December 2012 at 4pm and 7 pm daily. Tickets for the show cost Ksh 500/-.
The play is set in Kiambu County in the plush environs of Windsor, Falstaff makes his love and desires known not to one but two married women in identical letters. Upon comparison Mrs. Ford and Mrs. Page plot their revenge on Falstaff for being so bold and assuming. The revenge plan unveils itself with almost catastrophic but hilarious consequences. The strength of some relationships with doubts creeping and some grow ever so stronger as the inhabitants of this small town watch and are a part of the unfolding comical events that surround Falstaff amorous adventures.
Festival Dates: December 9 -16, 2012
Events Line Up: Public Lectures, Writers in conversation, Readings, Performances, Art Exhibitions, Film Screenings
Venues: various venues – Kifaru Gardens, Kwani? Garden, National Museum,
University of Nairobi, Goethe Institut, Kuona Trust, Habesha, Kibera, KICC Helipad, Eastleigh, South B [map below]
Update: All the events scheduled to take place at University of Nairobi have been moved to the National Museum
Focus: Stories of the Horn of Africa with participating Countries – Somalia, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Egypt, Ghana, Nigeria, Sudan & Kenya
Some of the writers confirmed for the festival are: Hadraawi – Somalia, Warsan Shire – Somalia, Sayadin Hersi – Somalia, Awes Osman – Somalia, Said Juma Hussein – Somalia, Chehem Watta – Djibouti, Meaza Worku – Ethiopia, Jamal Mahjoub – Sudan, Alemseged Tesfai – Eritrea, Nawal El Saadawi – Egypt, Kojo Laing – Ghana, Helon Habila – Nigeria, Deqa Abshir – Somalia/Kenya, Fawaz El Said – Sudan, Yassir Ali – Sudan, Altayeb Daw Elbeit – Sudan, Ermais Ekube – Ethiopia
A Snap Shot of the Programme
Date: December 9, 2012
Venue: Kifaru Gardens
Time: 2-10 pm
Music by: Waayaha Cusub and Kato& Band
DJ Set by: DJ Zelalem
Date: December 10, 2012
Venue: Goethe-Institut Nairobi, Monrovia Street
Time: 2.30 – 8 pm
Date: December 11, 2012
University of Nairobi National Museum
Time: 2– 7 pm
Date: December 12, 2012
Venue: Louis Leakey Auditorium, National Museum
Time: 2.30-8 pm
Date: December 13, 2012
Venues: Hotel Intercontinental,
Taifa Hall (University of Nairobi) & Louis Leakey Auditorium, National Museum
Time: 2.30– 7.30 pm
Date: December 14, 2012
Venues: Louis Leakey Auditorium (National Museum) & Kuona Trust
Date: December 15, 2012
Venues: Louis Leakey Auditorium (National Museum) & KICC Helipad
Entry: Free (National Museum)
Entry: Ksh 1,000 (KICC Helipad)
The Kwani? Literary Festival is organised by Kwani Trust on a biennial basis where the literary leaders of Kenya, enriched with visiting writers from around the world, turn their attention to one salient subject and explore it through the lenses of the continent’s past, present and emerging literatures. In 2012, the Litfest will focus on several geopolitical trends and shifts in Kenya’s immediate north to host literary conversations with the Horn of Africa.
It thus aims to act as a platform where the story of the Horn of Africa can be told, to an extent, not taking the political crisis narrative as the only story that exists.
Additionally, the pan-African exchange programme of Goethe-Institut Moving Africa will bring a further eight African writers to Nairobi.
A dramatization of the pain and trauma of Kenya’s 2007/2008 Post-election Violence; written by Julisa Rowe and directed by Paul Mumo.
Dates: December 7 & 9, 2012
Venue: Nairobi Baptist Church – Ngong Rd
Time: 6-8 pm
Tickets: Kshs 300