Nanzikambe Arts speaks out in Frogs

Nanzikambe Arts Theatre on Sunday staged the remake of Frogs a play it premiered in 2009, calling for a corrective approach to the current woes facing the nation.

The Frogs, a political satire to the current administration throws in an argument that calls for logical thinking to current acute shortage of forex and fuel, political impasse and human rights abuse.

Staged at its head office in Naperi and was watched  by an impressive audience, Nanzikambe was uncompromising in its presentation of contemporary issues while calling for current administration to learn from history on how its predecessors resolved and overcomecritical issues of public interest.

Nanzikambe performs "Frogs" . Photo: Rabecaa Johabsson

The play centered on a trip to Midima by one professor Dynosus a role played by Misheck Mzumara and his research assistant Xanthias (Mphundu Mjumila) to consult on how to redress problems facing the living-which turns out to be  Malawi in particular.

With Aaron Ngalonde, Dipo Katimba and Fatsani Kalondaalso playing key roles, the play was not only spectacular to watch but also rib-tickling with witticisms that were otherwise ingeniously chosen and apt.

“The play has been reworked to encompass issues that are of national interest. Much as we try to be comic, the frogs is about people on the grassroots, who, those in key positions, thought are worthless and try to silence them. But the frogs are outspoken and could not be silenced at all,” explained Mphundu Mjumila Nanzikambe’s Stage and Production manager.

Mjumila said Nanzikambe as an arts institutionhas responsibility to strike balance between history and up-to-date issues while offering solutions to problems rocking the nation and the world at large.

“People have been asking for frogs and we thought to make it up-to-date hence the incorporation of issues that are affecting the society at large. There are two more plays coming up between this year and next year January, so people should expect more fan,” Mjumila explained.

One of the people who watched the play, James Banda said it was interesting play that has characters befitting the theme.

“It’s dared not to miss play, and the incorporation of current issues like scarcity of fuel and forex makes it anice production. That’s what we need watch,” Banda said.

The Frogs was originally written by Taonga Khonjera and has been reworked by Aaron Ngalonde, Misheck Mzumara and Phundu Mjumila. The play is expected to be shown in several theatre festivals includingin Botswana and South Africa.

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