South African Theatre Company eyes Malawian actors

A window of opportunity for Malawian actors.A South African-based theatre company, Windyblow Theatre has expressed interest to come into the country and scout for actors and actresses.

Windyblow has since engaged Blantyre Arts Festival (BAF) officials to facilitate relationships with local theatre groups, thereby creating an opportunity for local actors and actresses to export their acting skills to South Africa.

According to BAF executive official, Macarthur Matukuta, Windyblow is expected to send two officials into the country to scout for local acting groups.

Malawi actors performing a political satire

“Windyblow will send its producer, Zodwa Shongwe and Jerry Pooe who is its Artistic Director. Basically, apart from scouting for theatre groups, they want to establish a cultural relationship between Malawi and South Africa, which will benefit both countries especially the artists,” Matukuta said.

Matukuta said the international theatre company is also expected to hold series of workshops in the country to drill local actors on among other things on how to commercialize their work.

“Through the established relationships Windyblow will have with local groups, our actors and actresses will have a chance of working in South Africa on exchange projects, and that’s a great opportunity because South Africa is very advanced in terms of acting,” he added.

Windyblow is among other international theatre groups expected to participate in this year’s Blantyre Arts Festival slated for October 5 to 7.

Once materialize, the Windyblow development will follow another working relationship Nanzikambe Arts Theatre established with German theatre group.

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