It was a beautiful Thursday night. Silent as it was with bright moon and twinkling stars; the only audible sound was the cloaking frogs.
It was Nanzikambe’s second stage performance of the Frogs, the political satire, but this time around was before a youthful audience made up of St. Andrews High School students. The students had converged at Nanzikambe’s to borrow a leaf or two from the master piece, which has become the mouthpiece for the society.
The students who are in partnership with the theatrical grouping had awesome moment laughing their lungs out throughout the artistic performance, which, apart from being an antidote to the current national political, economic and social ills, is surely a blueprint for the young academicians with its incorporation of history and cultural facts that all made the play superb to watch.
In an interview, St. Andrews Head of Drama Gudula Mueller Tauwe described the play a nice theatrical feature not good to miss.
“It’s a nice play and we wanted for our students to learn one or two things for their drama lessons. We all had good time laughing and sure also two or three things to learn,” said Tauwe.
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.
It’s a play in which Nanzikambe is uncompromising in its presentation of contemporary issues while calling for current administration to learn from history on how its predecessors resolved and overcome critical issues of public interest.
The play centered on a trip to Midima by one professor Dynosus a role played by Misheck Mzumara and his research assistant Xanthias (MphunduMjumila) 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 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 including in Botswana and South Africa.