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KELVIN KACHINGWE, Lusaka THE National Theatre Arts Association of Zambia (NATAAZ) is holding its annual senior theatre festival alongside its tri-annual elective conference this weekend at Chingola Arts Society (CAS). As can be expected, intrigue and suspense will be on the elective conference where various members will be seeking office. Even before the members converge…
11.25 / 21:37
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NKOLE NKOLE, Lusaka BITTERSWEET poetry and Arts d’ Afrique will next week Wednesday and Thursday host the Officer- in-Charge comedy show as an offshoot of the Laugh Out Now comedy show. While the Laugh Out Now stage is graced by both growing and established comedians, the show’s handlers have decided to create a series of [&#…
10.21 / 22:40
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NKWETO MFULA, Chingola CHINGOLA theatre freaks were last Friday treated to a comedy play at Chingola Arts Society (CAS) titled ‘Komboni Politiks’ which appeals to people not to draw boundaries with their neighbours regardless of their status but to live together in harmony. The four-man play, written by Evans Kalandanya and directed by Alick Bwalya, [&#…
10.14 / 06:06
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STAFRANCE ZULU, Ndola DESPITE having undergone a major makeover slightly over a decade ago, Lowenthal Theatre in Ndola is yet to return to its former glory on the theatre front, but last week, it once again looked like a playhouse when the play titled Broods of Any premiered last Saturday. The play, by Twangale Theatre…
09.22 / 22:33
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STAFRANCE ZULU, Lusaka TWANGALE Theatre Company is today and tomorrow expected to have a red carpet premiere of the play “Broods of Any” at Lowenthal Theatre in Ndola. The play is directed by the Italian-based Zambia theatre artiste Martin Ilunga Chishimba Martin, who is said to have worked with a number of seasoned theatre professionals [&#…
09.16 / 22:30
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KELVIN KACHINGWE, Lusaka THE Lusaka Playhouse last weekend did what it is supposed to do be doing; hosting theatrical performances. NAPSA Theatre Club was last Friday and Saturday back on the Lusaka Playhouse stage with the Kelvin Kawana-written and Isaac Kalumba-directed play ‘The Red in the Flag’. There were times when some of the lines [&#…
07.14 / 22:44
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KAWANDA SHIKANDA, Livingstone IF ANY members of the audience at the Night of Laughter comedy show did not laugh, it should not have anything to do with the jokes that were on offer. Perhaps they had other bigger problems such that even a well-intended joke would be adding insult to injury. Livingstone residents were last…
07.08 / 23:30
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KELVIN KACHINGWE, Lusaka ASSITEJ Zambia has submitted four productions for consideration at the forthcoming ASSITEJ International 19th World Congress and Festival to be hosted by ASSITEJ South Africa in Cape Town next year. The productions are Panali Panali by Dinaledi Expressions; Crossing the Borders, a music-and-dance exploration of girl initiation; The Stolen Innocence, a play…
06.25 / 00:12
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KELVIN KACHINGWE, Lusaka NATIONAL Theatre Association of Zambia (NATAAZ) chairman Boyd Chibale says the past year has been turbulent for the association which saw it cancelling the national theatre festival on more than one occasion due to inadequate funds. He says the failure to hold the national theatre festival was undoubtedly one of the major…
06.11 / 04:54
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ZIO MWALE, Lusaka KNOWN for its comedy shows, Night of Laughter will tomorrow hold a comedy night at the University of Zambia Chapel at 19 hours to celebrate its first anniversary. The show will feature local seasoned comedians like Cheelo Mwanachungwala, Abel Chungu, Emmanuel MC, Kapembwa wanjelani, Daniel Lyapa, aka K Star, and Mumba Hubert,…
05.27 / 23:00
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DOREEN NAWA, Lusaka COMEDIANS Bob Nkosha (Dorika), Collins ‘The president’ Zulu and Dereck Chalo Kondowe (Dangerous Joburg) are teaming again today for a show dubbed ‘Party of Jokes’ at Luanshya’s Rados Little Theatre. The trio are geared to show off their comedic chemistry to Rados which has not had such a show in a decade. […]…
05.27 / 22:59
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Day in and day out, local comedians keep getting bolder in addressing the various political challenges in Zimbabwe. A number of them namely Carl Joshua Ncube, Doc Vikela and groups such as Bustop TV and Zambezi News have been using satire as a means of highlighting these challenges.  A group of daring comedians has decided to take on the government by forming an outfit called the Zimbabwe National Chamber of Comedians (ZNCC). The organisation's anonymous spokesperson on Wednesday, May …
05.19 / 06:31
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Theatre in The Park has come back with a bang, located at a bigger, slicker venue set to be a world-class auditorium when complete. To date Roof Top Promotions (proprietor of the venue) has hosted 14 shows that cover various arts genres since officially opening on April 6, 2016. But, will those administering the venue be able to sustain the momentum they have begun with or they are setting themselves for a slump?   “The capacity is there since we have the venue in place and chances are b…
05.09 / 08:06
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Comedian John Vlismas, is set to crack some ribs on May 28, 2016 in a show entitled  Laugh Out Loud Ha-ha-harare. John was born in Marondera and is now based in South Africa doing stand-up comedy and entertainment promotion. He has performed in Harare before and left audiences clamouring for more.  Vlismas won the 2007 South African Comedy Award for best stand-up comedian of the year and in April 2014, Vlismas was part of the panel at Comedy Central Africa's Roast of Kenny Kunene and S…
04.28 / 10:25
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Whilst many local comedy acts dream of reaching out to the international market, Zambezi News is busy waltzing with audiences from all over the globe. After just jetting back into the country after a successful stint in Germany last month, the trio of Michael K, Cde Fatso and Outspoken will be travelling to Berlin, Germany this May. "The Zambezi News trio will be performing live at the prestigious Re:publica event and Henrich Bolle Foundation from May 2-4, 2016," read a statement from…
04.26 / 13:14
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In September 2015, spoken word artist Linda Gabriel was granted a 6 week Artist Residency Invitation from Afric Avenir in Berlin, Germany.   Through their mobility fund the Culture Fund catered for her trip which was from February 2 to March 13, 2016. “My visit to Berlin has made a difference in helping me develop my career as an artist and to be precise as a female artist,” said Linda, “we have a few women taking poetry as a profession, so when such opportunities arise the only thing s…
04.23 / 10:55
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It’s that time of the year when we get to celebrate the best of Zimbabwean comedy not based on popularity but on execution. This is the second year we are dropping this list and we hope to see the acts grow and become international icons.    1. CARL JOSHUA NCUBE Ncube proved why CNN labeled him Zim’s biggest comedian by setting a new bar for his fellow comrades in 2015. He was the only local act who landed a slot at the debut Comedy Central International Comedy Festival held in Johan…
04.22 / 06:05
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Residents of Bulawayo are going to experience poetry on a whole new level this Friday as renowned poets, Bhekumusa Moyo (The Protest Poet) and Tswarelo Mothobe (Scribe The Healer), will clash in a two-man poetry slam dubbed ‘Mlom’Wakho Poetry Slam’. The event will be held at the National Gallery of Zimbabwe in Bulawayo. The will poets perform an hour long poetry show that will speak on various aspects of themes derived from each poet’s subject matter. Some of the elements to be touched …
04.19 / 11:32
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KELVIN KACHINGWE, Lusaka CHINGOLA Arts Society (CAS), Kasama Arts, Kabwe Arts, Africa Directions of Lusaka and Bantu Theatre of Lusaka are among the 10 groups expected to take part in the Mwansabombwe Theatre Arts Festival (MWATFEST), which will run from April 25 to May 1, in Mwansabombwe, Luapula Province. Festival director Isaac Kalumba named the…
04.14 / 22:28
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When we heard the play 'Super Patriots and Morons' was banned in 2004 and since then no local audiences have ever watched it, we wondered what was so special about this production that would provoke the Zimbabwe Censorship Board to care so much. But, after watching it on Wednesday night at the New Theatre in The Park, we had an "aha moment"; we were finally enlightened. The five-man cast that comprises of seasoned theatre gurus namely, Daves Guzha, O'Brien Mudyiwenyama, Mandla Moyo,…
04.07 / 08:45
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