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Malawian theatre company hails local actors

Itai Mushekwe

VISITING theatre company from Malawi, Nanzikambe, has hailed local actors and paid tribute to the talent, creativity and dedication bestowed in them.

a, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif”>The Blantyre-based outfit was in the country last week and gave a superb performance of their latest production, The Little Prince, in Harare. In an interview with IndependentXtra, Nanzikambe co-founder and director, Melissa Eveleigh, said she was impressed and well convinced by the talent which Zimbabwean actors bear together with their vast potential.

“The actors are fantastic,” she said. “I know of Amakhosi and that group is impressive.”

Nanzikambe, which means “chameleon” in Chewa, took the time to share ideas and experiences with local actors during its two-day performance and tour. The theatre group is set to tour South Africa, West and East Africa as part of their tour.

Eveleigh was bubbling with confidence following a Harare International Festival of the Arts (Hifa) panel visit and assessment of their shows last week that could land the group a Hifa appearance next year. She said the acting talent in Zimbabwe should not be left to waste, and should be embraced by financial support.

“Zimbabwe theatre like Malawi suffers from lack of funding and adequate infrastructure. These are essential and fundamental needs which will stimulate growth and development,” she said.

“It’s not a question of talent alone but also of resources.”

The Little Prince is Nanzikambe’s ninth theatrical presentation. It looks at the difference between what is important in life, and what are simply futile human preoccupations. Other high profile plays by the group include African Macbeth, Guardian of Plenty and Eating to Live. The latter was inspired by a food crisis that struck Malawi in 2001- 2002.

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