Mzuzu University (Mzuni)Theatre Group had the audience in stitches with their production of The Final Faithful Fools staged at Kamuzu Nursing College campus in Lilongwe on Saturday night.
Set in 2040, One Mountain, played by Kelvin Chiyoyola, travels from Jobegi, South Africa to Lilongwe in search for a man who had impregnated his niece. All he has is a photograph of the impregnator and a name of a resthouse where the niece (Clara Mduli) slept with the man.
In his search he crosses paths with a prophet calling himself ‘The last Prophet Lazarus’ (Okomaatani Kayenda).
The prophet having found that numbers are decreasing in his church, embarks on a door to door, street to street, ministry. The three bump into a young librarian (Wakisa Kalenga) whose self-imposed responsibility is to ensure that the reading culture is embraced again more especially among young girls.
Though it was a comedy, the play warns people against false prophets. It has a spiritual angle which is about putting trust in God and that judgement will come no matter how long it takes.
This hilarious play at KCN had the audience in stitches for close to two hours.
Under the direction of Misheck Banda. Each member utilised the stage well, while conversing or moving.
The performance was a departure from the predictable plays that Malawi is used to seeing in the theatres.
“This is the finest performance from Mzuzu University. They are projecting themselves as a credible drama group. This is very refreshing unlike what we are used to watch. The group has fine actors. At first
I thought it was the usual flat stuff,” said Luke Banda a drama fan.
Mzuzu University Theatre Group patron Associate Professor, Misheck Mzumara was all happy with the act.
“We are greeting there and I must say I am very proud of what we gave the audience a good time. It was a great audience and they cheered on and on. It was a great motivation to the cast,” said Mzumara. n