Splendid, inventive and wonderful! These are the best terms to describe the performance by Nanzikambe Arts Theatre group during the first premier of The Blood Knot, a 2013 stage play production on Friday evening at the groups Arts Café in Naperi Blantyre.
It was the usual style of a single stage setup adopted from the German’s theatre group Theatre Konstanz dramatic attire that thrilled the patrons. Almost every scene was decorated with hand claps and laughter from the audience.
Running for an hour, the play centres on the historical story about apartheid in South Africa. However, The Blood Knot which revolves on issues of romance tackles the issue of a black man falling in love with a white woman.
The dilemma created as an illiterate black man starts a letter conversation with a white lady in a pen pal format is what anchors the suspense and fun in the play.
“We are performing this play in South Africa at this year’s JM Cotezee/Nobel Laureates and Athol Fugard festival on May 23 2013.”
“We are the only theatre group invited and the first from Malawi and so we want to fly the real flag of Malawi at the festival,” said Misheck Mzumara one of the lead actors.
The Blood Knot was written by a South African playwright Athol Fugard and is being directed by Thokozani Kapiri.