After almost a year of silence in stage play productions, Rising Choreos Theatre Company has finally come out in the open to reveal that its silence is due to financial challenges.
Since its founding four years ago, the theatre company has had a busy schedule, staging playing across the country and bringing several Nollywood actors including Desmond Elliot, Van Vickers and Patience Ozwokor.
However, anticipation and demands for more acts from the group were met with silence for a good part of last year.
Three months into another year, there is still a deafening silence from the group, a development that has prompted some of their fans to question whether the group is still active.
But reacting to speculations that Rising Choreos dissolved, director of the group Joyce Mhango Chavula said it still exists, but is strategising.
“It is true that we have been so quiet for some time. However, Rising Choreos is around and still operating only that we are changing our focus. Personally, I am an actor and, on the other hand, I run the theatre company and I am currently facing some challenges,” said Mhango.
She revealed that she is making good money from acting on contracts as an individual than running the theatre company.
“When I perform on contract, I make a lot of money and when I organise stage plays through the company I spend a lot and this is why I have stopped organising stage plays for the company,” she said, while stressing that the company will only be holding stage play shows when it invites international actors.
Meanwhile, Mhango has said she is focusing on movies with the company and said their first movie No More Tears will be released next month.
She said it is cheaper to produce a movie than organising stage plays.