It was a perfect Christmas gift to Nanzikambe fans by Misheck Mzumara and Lions Theatre’s Thlupegho Chisiza as they delivered a fine performance of Arthur Fugard’s Sizwe Bansi is Dead on Friday night with all the trimmings and a ribbon on it.
The strength of the performance rested on the fact that the actors did not distort the original script, but delivered it with both precision and finesse.
The actors brought humour to the play which appreciated the ills of apartheid in South Africa.
The two actors fused realism and non-realism and one could notice the actors skirting the borderline of the two forms as they were changing costume on set, an element of non-realism theatre while their setting reflected a realistic play.
The changing of costume on set saved time and kept the energy in the actors flowing while at the same time preserving their audience’s focus.
The play was sponsored by Junior Chamber International, Malawi Chapter (JCI)—an organisation that works with young people to transform them into better citizens. n