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Theatre: Skirmishes, Jul. 3-19 2015 @ Professional Centre – Parliament Road

A play by Catherine Hayes and Directed by Martin Kigondu

Opening Night: July 3, 2015
Until: July 19, 2015
Time: Wed- 7pm, Thur-7pm, Fri-7:30pm and Sat-6pm
Kindly note that the last Sat 18th and 19th July we have two shows 3 and 6 pm

A stark family portrait that in a light yet raw and honest way highlights the power of the dying and the tendency it has of bringing out the worst in those left to survive them Blurred Blood Sisterhood, Depth.

July 1, 2015 at 4:06 pm Leave a comment

Cut off My Tongue by Sitawa Namwalie Returns to Nairobi! Jul. 1-4 2015 @ Pawa 254 Hub

Cut Off My Tongue 2015
An award-winning and critically-acclaimed show about Kenyan identity & aspirations is back!

Dates: July 1-4, 2015
Venue: PAWA 254
Time: at 7.30pm
Ticket Kes 2000
For tickets you can call this number 0702-024848

One of the most sobering and positive things to happen in Kenya in 2008, soon after the post-election violence, was “Cut Off My Tongue”. At a time of great tension and uncertainty, this dramatized poetry show ranted, provoked, inspired and broke into song and dance as it explored the truths that shape us as Kenyans: our beliefs, the way we behave and why.

“Cut off My Tongue” deals with interrelated stories about life in Kenya grouped around tribe and ethnicity, political critique, identity, tradition and genealogy. Although the main focus of the show is Kenya, the themes addressed cut across post-colonial Africa and the continent’s struggle to deal with the question of “Nation-State”. It was performed by a multi-racial cast to sold-out audiences in Kenya, Uganda and the UK (Hampstead Theatre, London and the Hay Festival 2009). It is moving, entertaining, brave and frighteningly honest. It is politics – and love – that bites as it teases. If you are African in mind, body or spirit, you must see “Cut Off My Tongue”!

Also in the month of July this year, “Cut off My Tongue” will be performed at the Ubumuntu Arts Festival in Rwanda in memory of the 1994 genocide. Your support will get them there!

June 25, 2015 at 12:19 pm Leave a comment

Play: Vera, or the Nihilists, Jun. 19-21 2015 @ Alliance Française

Vera the Nilhist
Dates: June 19-21, 2015
Venue: Alliance Française Auditorium
Time slots: 3 & 6 pm
Tickets: KES 500

The play is about Vera, a barmaid who seeks to avenge her brother who was take to the mines of Siberia. She finds herself plotting to kill the reigning Emperor Czar, but unknown to her one of the plotters is Alexis, son of the Czar.

The story presents themes of political revolution and love

A Strathmore Drama Society production

June 17, 2015 at 3:50 pm Leave a comment

Performance: My Name is Mohamed Ali, Jun. 13 2015 @ Alliance Française Auditorium

Ali at AF
Date: June 13, 2015
Venue: Alliance Française Auditorium
Time: 4 pm
Tickets: KES 500

June 11, 2015 at 11:42 am Leave a comment

Theatre: All Girls Together, Jun. 5-21 2015 @ Professional Centre – Parliament Road

All Girls Together
Opening Night: June 5, 2015
Venue: Phoenix Players, Professional Centre
Time: 7.30 pm

Dates: Until June 21, 2015

Directed by Eugene Oyoo and written by Cajetan Boy
CAST LIST: Mutinda Sarah- Josie, Yusuf Ang’asa-Felix, Brian Njaira- Wilson, Babra Gathii-Madge & Ivy Esther- Sasha

All girls together is a play by one and only Kenyan writer Cajetan Boy, who has a number of plays like Benta and many others. Benta was a play presented at Phoenix Theatre in 1999 and later published.

Cajetan late on wrote “All girls together” to tackle the issues of men as seen by women and will undoubtedly provoke debate!

June 4, 2015 at 3:24 pm Leave a comment

Multidisciplinary Performance: Climate Change the Conversation, Jun. 5 & 6 2015 @ Alliance Française

Climate Change Conversations
Date: June 5 & 6, 2015
Venue: Alliance Française
Time: 6 pm
Entry: Free

June 2, 2015 at 1:55 pm 1 comment

Tone Theatre to stage a Musical in honor of President Obama, Jul. 14-20 2015 @ Nairobi

After staging a successful original rendition of Maya Angelou’s poetry in the musical The Caged bird sings, Tone Theatre productions is staging a new musical Obama -Dreams From a father the month of July (July 14-July 20 2015).
The musical written and directed by award-winning journalist George Orido, will be staged in Nairobi as part of activities to welcome U.S President Barack Obama in his first visit of the country while in office as Head of state.

According to Mr Orido, the production will be celebrating diversity and inclusivity in public affairs management.
“Since we all know Obama was elected President in a country where Blacks are a minority, the message is crucial to Kenyans who have used the ‘Tyranny of Numbers’ to discriminate a great section of society,” he explains.
The play will also carry a message of hope in the middle of despair and seek peaceful solutions to the many unending conflicts in Kenya.

Obama – Dreams From a Father will be rendered in a number of scenes abut in one act telling the story of Obama’s search for identity, his life in college and political organizing in Chicago where he launched his political career.

But most importantly it will tell a Kenyan story of Obama senior and his search for quality education that landed him in Hawaii where he met Obama’s mother.

In 2008, Orido had put together Obama The musical to celebrate Obama’s quick ascend to the most powerful political seat in the Globe.

Then Americans were in the thick of campaigns to elect a new President to succeed the incumbent George W. Bush Jnr and the excitement of the first ever African American President were high engulfing the whole world.
Six years down the line, Obama is not only credited for the dramatic economic recovery but also for a raft of legislative changes including that of Obamacare and most recently the immigration laws that would allow illegal immigrants become legit.

Obama-In the Dreams of a Father will drop colorful characters like John McCain and Sarah Plain and replace them with such characters as Birth-er Donald Trump and the 61st Speaker of the United States House of Representatives John Boehner.

Tone Theatre is known for its other past productions including Lwanda Magere, Loud Whispers, Man Na Warrruokne among other original performances.

Some of the music is original compositions by Ohanglaman Makadem, Evans Mbinji, Maestro Nicholas Moipei and diva Suzanna Owiyo.

Ohanglaman Makadem | Photo by Njathika

Ohanglaman Makadem | Photo by Njathika

The cast is mix of young and seasoned actors including Claire Etaba and Ohanglaman Makadem.

About the Author and Director of OBAMA-In the Dreams of a Father – GEORGE O. ORIDO
Mr. George Orido is a celebrated playwright, producer, actor and award-winning journalist with The Standard Group with immense experience in local and international stage.

May 26, 2015 at 10:41 am Leave a comment

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