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Series on Kenyan Stories: Too Early For Birds, May 17 2017 @ The Kenya National Theatre


The first volume of ‘Too Early For Birds’;

Date: May 17, 2017
Venue: The Kenya National Theatre
Time: 6 pm – doors open and show starts at 7 pm
Tickets: Advance kes 1,000/- and at the Gate kes 1,500/-

Inspired by stories from owaahh.com

May 10, 2017 at 3:00 pm Leave a comment

Dance Performance: Traditional Future by Anuang’a Fernando, May 6 2017 @ Alliance Française


Date: May 6, 2017
Venue: Alliance Française Gardens
Time: 4 pm
Tickets: KES 1,000

Traditional Future: Dance & Choreography by Anuang’a Fernando

About
How to evolve Tradition towards Modernity without obliterating his tracks, without betraying his roots?

Anuang’a, a self taught Kenyan dancer/choreographer is inspired by Maasai songs and ancestral memory. His dance movements are informed by the powerful Maasai rhythmic vocals. He beautifully transforms the age-old undulating movement into a work of art that will stand the test of time.

His most recent show ‘Traditional Future’ was created at the Studio Akili in Lamu and produced by the fashion designer, Pierre Cardin. It has been shown at the Musée du Quai Branly in Paris and at the Theatre Cucinelli in Solomeo, Italy.

May 2, 2017 at 3:20 pm Leave a comment

Play: A Man Like You, May 2-3 2017 @ Braeburn Theatre


Dates: May 2-3, 2017
Venue: Braeburn Theatre
Time: 7.30 pm
Tickets: KES 2,500/-

About
The award-winning Kenyan play ‘A Man Like You’, which was nominated for 7 awards at last year’s Sanaa Theatre Awards, winning Best Actor and Best Tragedy, is now to tour Africa, following its Nairobi premieres last year, and three week July run off Broadway in New York.

The tour, which opens in Nairobi then moves to Zimbabwe and South Africa, taking Kenyan theatre to some of the highest profile arts events in southern Africa.

‘A Man Like You’ will be performed at the Braeburn Theatre on 2nd and 3rd May, and will then go to the Harare International Festival of Arts from 6th to 7th of May, closing in Cape Town on10th and 11th of May.

The play will be directed by writer Silvia Cassini whose tale of two idealistic headstrong men; Patrick North, British diplomat and hostage, and his Somali kidnapper Abdi, has them defending their world-views in an intense exposé of extremism, politics and religion.

The windowless concrete room in Somalia where North is imprisoned is the setting for the poignant and thought-provoking conversations he has with his captor Abdi, which raises questions about the nature of radicalisation, the flaws of differing cultures, and the similarities between them, as people.

The cell scene is intercut with a scene in North’s home in Nairobi, where his wife Elizabeth fights for her husband’s freedom whilst she dealswith his absence, and the reality that he may never return.

New York critic Thomas Scully wrote of the play: “The whole affair is gritty, honest and un-sensational in the best possible way.This play is not torture-porn, a plastic manufactured white-guilt play; so often these are the traps with these works, to make a thing brutal and violent with no regard for reality. ‘A Man Like You’ avoids these pitfalls. Cassini’s writing instead speaks extensively to cultural misunderstanding, and the parallels of entrapment between privileged and unprivileged cultures. Neither Abdi, nor North, is outright villainized or deified, but are instead presented as individuals; people who under the circumstances presented to them became the creatures they are. Their interactions and understandings within misunderstandings, and vice versa, have to be seen to be fully understood. Suffice to say, the play speaks to honest, common humanity, without painting over either side’s atrocities.”

For this third production of ‘A Man Like You’, Cassini’s cast will again include theatre stalwarts Mike Kudakwashe as Abdi, and Davina Leonard as Elizabeth, both prominent actors on the Kenyan stage, as well as Kevin Amwoma, who will reprise his role as the sinister Hassan. There is a key change in the lead, however, with Cassini having, for this latest run, cast internationally renowned Zimbabwean actor Kevin Hanssen as Patrick North.

The staging of the play for its new tour will, however, be completely different from the original, giving it a new look and a totally fresh feel. “Each new production of this play should be a clean experience, not just for the audience but for everyone involved. I have no interest in doing the same thing twice; change is what keeps us relevant and growing,” said Silvia Cassini.

The play speaks to issues that are now fueling the world’s most prominent debates, across cultural stereotypes and national identity, and through being set in Somalia, making Cassini’s message of increasing significance, and the timing of the play’s continental tour extremely pertinent.

Not Suitable for Under 16

April 26, 2017 at 1:18 pm 3 comments

Valentine Special Cocktail Performance: Peace and Love, Feb. 12 2017 @ Casual Bite – Westlands

Peace and Love II
Date: February 12, 2017
Venue: Casual Bite, Westlands
Time: 3 pm
Tickets: KES 2,000 at the Door – inquiries/advance tickets – 0725 832 607

About
Our lovely collage of Poetry, Music and Dance is back! After our run at The Tribe, we are back with the show as a valentines special.

We stage it Casual Bites Coffee House, Westlands on Sunday 12th Feb at 3 pm.

The Tickets are at a 1800/- per head advance and 2,000/- at the door. A drink and bites on the ticket.

The cast is led by Xfm’s Nick Ndeda, Angela Mwandanda (formerly of the Tattuu girl group) and poet Laura Ekumbo. Music is by Serro and Checkmate Mido. Dance by Brigetta Ikwara.

Written by Joan Sikand. Directed and produced by Kigondu Martin under Prevail Arts Company.

February 6, 2017 at 5:39 pm 1 comment

Poetry, Music & Contemporary Dance Performance: Peace and Love, Jan. 6 & 7 2017 @ the Tribe Hotel

Peace and Love
Dates: January 6 & 7, 2017
Venue: the Tribe Hotel, Nairobi
Tickets: KES 2,500 in December 2016 and KES 3,000 at the Door

About
This is a refreshing and enthralling theatrical collage of poetry, dance and music celebrating life consisting of poetry by Joan Sikand and music from the 70’s (think Beatles, Fifth Dimension and the likes).

The cast is led by Nick Ndeda, Angela Mwandanda and Laura Ekumbo.

With music by Serro, Lucas and Checkmate Mido and dance by Brigetta Ikwara.

December 28, 2016 at 12:37 pm 1 comment

Out of Town/Performance: Conversations with My Mother, Dec. 16 2016 @ Uganda National Museum – Uganda

Conversations With My Mother
Date: Friday 16th December
Time: 8pm
Venue: Uganda National Museum, Uganda
Fee: UGX 30,000

About “Conversations with My Mother” Performance
This is the story of two women who find forgiveness, truth and possibly love in death. Or is it just one of them.

Fresh off her performance in Queen of Katwe from Walt Disney Pictures, Esteri Tebandeke gets back to the stage in her debut solo performance. Fusing drama, movement and song, Esteri will perform in this storytelling experience, which she co-wrote.

December 14, 2016 at 5:46 pm Leave a comment

Theatre: Double Bill – Carry Me Kate & The Hitman, Nov. 11-20 2016 @ Phoenix Theatre

carry-me-kate
Date: November 11-20, 2016
Venue: Phoenix Theatre
Tickets: KES 600 Advance and KES 1,000 at the Gate

November 1, 2016 at 10:51 am Leave a comment

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