|The cast and crew of the play.(I know bad quality picture but the theatre was dark and my phone camera does really poorly in dark places).|
At the start of this year I made a list of twelve fun things to do before the year ends,one activity for each month.It is very clear I am struggling with this. So far I have done only three.There are five months to the end of the year Insha aa Allah, so maybe I might just get to do six of them.
This past weekend I went to see the Too Early For Birds show at the Kenya National Theatre.TEFB is a group of actors and actresses who turn stories from Owahh's blog into plays and mostly have shows based around certain themes in Kenya's history.This particular show was about strong women in Kenya's history.
The play was set in a living room in rural Kenya(I think).A group of women were visiting their ailing grandmother.They sat in her sitting room telling each other stories.The stories they told were about brazen women in Kenya's history.What I loved most is that there was a second set of actresses who enacted the stories being told.They did this in what seemed like a flash back in time to the exact time in history when these brazen women were alive.
During this two hour play the stories of Mekatilili,Nandi,Wangu wa Makeri,Zarina Patel,Field Marshall Muthoni and Philomena Chelagat Mutai were told.Whilst all these women are remarkable I loved the most the story of Wangu wa Makeri,she was a bad ass boss bitch(not my words,the words of the narrator who told her story) that became village head man at a time when women weren't allowed to be leaders.
Actress Nyokabi Macharia did really well as she took on the roles of Mekatilili,Nandi,Wangu wa Makeri and Zarina Patel.She played all these women and did it in the best way possible.The actress who told the story of Nandi did an excellent job and had the audience in stitches all through her set.The play was part musical as there was a group of dancers who performed relevant pop/r n b/modern songs in most of the stories and this made the show such a joy to watch.
In this play I learnt for the first time about Philomena Chelagat Mutai,Zarina Patel and Field Marshall Muthoni.Guess who sat front row at the Saturday afternoon show (........drumsroll.........) Zarina Patel and Field Marshall Muthoni. I can only imagine how they felt seeing 'themselves' and their contributions to this country's history portrayed on stage.Many things I would think but mainly honoured and appreciated.
|The awesome writers.|
You should definitely check out the Too Early For Birds (TEFB) shows if you are looking for informative and entertaining plays to watch .They announce dates for their planned shows on their social media pages so follow them on facebook, instagram or twitter.And the tickets sell out fast!