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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.
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Maad Orchestra ft. Eddie Grey & the Ensemble, Atemi Oyugi, Victor Muli, Pete Odera et al, Mar. 3 2017 @ Braeburn Theatre
Date: March 3, 2017
Venue: Braeburn Theatre
Time: from 8 pm
Tickets: Advance Tickets – KES 1,800/- and VIP – KES 4,500; available here
Featuring: Eddie Grey & the Ensemble, Atemi Oyugi, Victor Muli, Pete Odera et al.,
An electronic music producer, an 18-piece classical orchestra, a jazz band, Kenya’s top vocalists, LED dancers, acrobats and an old-school hip-hop star will share one stage in a two hour show on Friday the 3rd of March, in a unique event that promises to be unlike any other experienced in East Africa.
Join us as we journey through Kenya’s musical history, from its 70s funk to its 90s hip hop, all the way to today’s underground anthems and international hits. All mashed up with the genius of Mozart’s symphonies and Jikoni’s live + electronic beats.
Nairobi Orchestra is opening its 15/16 season with a couple of new works to its repertoire. Vaughan Williams’ ‘A London Symphony’ provides an opportunity for a full orchestra (including harp, cor anglais and contrabasson (not that we have one of those!)) to come together and paint a picture through music of London as it was in the early 1900s.
Rodrigo’s beautiful ‘Concierto de Aranjuez’, whilst being a new work to Nairobi Orchestra, will also mark the first time (I think) that we’ve featured the guitar as the solo instrument. We will be welcoming UK guitarist, Sam Brown, to join us in this.
UK conductor, Steve Dummer, will once again be coming to Nairobi. We have very much enjoyed working under Steve in the past (this will be his 3rd visit), his enthusiasm, encouragement and energy being the mark of his conducting style, and also the means by which he draws more musicality out of us. Those who were at the June ‘14 concerts may well remember the audience participation that he encouraged during our encore piece of the Cancan from ‘Orpheus in the Underworld’!
And we will be featuring our latest (and very long awaited) acquisition – a set of pedal timps, with the opening lines of Strauss’ ‘Also Sprach Zarathustra’, best known for its use in the film 2001: A Space Odyssey.
This wonderful cocktail should provide a very enjoyable evening / afternoon of music.
Saturday 7th November 7pm
Sunday 8th November 3pm
Dates: 21st and 22nd August, 2015
Venue: Braeburn Theatre
Tickets: Ksh500 Till number – 584826
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The Kenya Conservatoire of Music launches Fret Venture – Time Through Music concert. Fret Venture is an annual concert hosting performances of guitar students which is in its 5th great year. This year the event will be held on;
Date: Saturday, 16th May 2015
Venue: Braeburn Theatre, Gitanga Road
Time: at 7:00 pm
Advance ticket: Kshs.800/-
At the door: Kshs. 1,000/-
The event will feature performances from a wide variety of genres and eras with the guitar as the base instrument. From solo performances to band arrangements the program will have 25 songs that cover jazz, rock, pop, R&B, funk, afro and reggae. It will encourage the musicians to notate their arrangements as it prepares them for the professional stage. Our teacher Manaseh Uzele arranges all the pieces performed in the concert.
You are invited with your family and friends to this exciting event!
Advance tickets are available at the Conservatoire office from 1st to 9th May.
Payments should be made to The Kenya Conservatoire of Music Mpesa Paybill
Business Number: 316550
Account Number: FVC2015
The piece was commissioned by the Austrian pianist Paul Wittgenstein who lost his right-arm during World War 1. It will be performed for the first time in Kenya.