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Live from Kisii in Kenya, Newstar Drama Group will perform a play entitled 'Mr Mambo'. The play highlights the family of Mr Mambo who forces his young daughter, called Kipi, to undergo FGM and enters her into an early child marriage in return for a dowry. But his daughter refuses and her mother Mrs Mambo and brother Dante comes to her defence. They report the matter to the police who eventually arrest Mr Mambo for violating the rights of a young girl. The play is written and directed by Caleb Tembar Isiche and will be performed by Caleb Isiche...Mr Mambo, Julian Mabwa..Mrs Mambo, Alice Joseph...Kipi, Justus Ombisi...Dante and Remmy Omondi...Police. The duration of the play is 35 minutes. The Masterclass will commence within an introduction, and after the play there will be the opportunity for questions and conversation.
"For this Masterclass and play, I will turn my house into a small theatre especially for the festival. It consists of 5 actors/actresses , whom I can accommodate in my house for the performance during the local evening curfew. It is entitled Mr Mambo and highlights the applied theatre work of Newstar to empower women and educate young girls in the Kuria community of Kenya."
The play tackles head-on Kuria traditional and cultural beliefs / practices that see girls and women only as assets to be owned and seen. They are not allowed to participate in family economic undertakings, most of them are poor and beaten by husbands and even divorced without due course followed. All of these factors have contributed to many women and girls being frustrated and their human rights violated within the Kuria community.
'This is a very powerful play that will raise awareness of what is really happening in our remote communities of Kenya and present an opportunity to discuss such issues. We hope that some audience members may opt to support our work by not only purchasing a ticket and attending but also donating through the Intercultural Roots charity who are supporting our work (https://donorbox.org/interculturalroots).'
Caleb Tembar Isiche will discuss how his group has set up revolving loans for women's groups and supports local income generating schemes intended to eradicate poverty and empower families to counter the negative challenges of Kuria's traditional practices. It intends to improve the lives of girls so that they can pursue their education and dreams and achieve through careers that allow independence and contribute to Kenya's economic viability. At same time Newstar empowers women to know their rights and to defend the legal rights of their daughters especially since the present Kenyan constitution recognises the rights of girls and women. The aim is for women in the Kuria community to be empowered to have their own small businesses and also do farming since Kuria families have large areas of land. Isiche does not want women to depend on their husbands who sometimes take advantage and mistreat them. That is why Newstar runs this project throughout the year and requires partnership in terms of finance and volunteering at a local and international level. It costs KES 825,000 ( GBP £5,468) to coordinate and realise the work of Newstar Drama Group in the Kuria community for 8 months.
Type of format: Masterclass incl Performance
Language: English with auto Close Captioning available
Duration of session: 90 minutes
Technical platform for the course: Zoom Pro
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