Kwathu Drama Group, Malawi’s longest standing theatre group, will during independence celebrations, perform a number of plays to officially welcome back Bon Kalindo in the theatre circles.
Kalindo had a stint with politics as Mulanje South legislator though he still performed with the group occasionally.
Director of Kwathu drama group, Eric Mabedi, said every year during independence celebrations Kwathu Drama Group joins Malawians in celebrations by organising drama shows in different parts of the country.
He said: “This year the shows are at Rivonia Lodge in Phalombe on Saturday afternoon July 6 Independence Day and Blantyre Cultural Centre on Sunday afternoon July 7.
“Apart from celebrating the independence day, the shows will be used to officially welcome Bon Kalindo back on stage after missing for a year due to his involvement in active politics as UTM National Youth Director during last presidential and parliamentary elections.”
Mabedi said Kalindo’s absence affected some of the productions.
“We missed him so much and we are happy to have him back,” he said.
Mabedi said apart from welcoming Kalindo, part of the funds raised from the shows will help Evance Mbewe, a member of Kwathu, who is ill and is at home, Molere in Thyolo.
“I visited him together with Timothy Chikoja, board member for National Theatre Association of Malawi. Evance is diabetic and has stroke on his left arm and leg,” he said.
Mabedi said plans are underway to bring Evance to Kachere Rehabilitation Centre for treatment.
Commenting on the upcoming shows, a theatre fanatic Ruth Kapiri said she was looking forward to the shows.
“I think it is time to have something like a fund in place to take care of sick actors. It is not good to have fundraising shows while someone is already sick and in need of help,” she said.