Moira, Janice, Naitiemu and Nadia at One Off
Wednesday, 15 August 2018
Empress Moon by Native
Sing to the moon by Native
Native (in a Mask)
Dr Mshai Mwangola-Githongo at Point Zero Coffee with Dr Wandia Njoya
WOMEN TAKE CENTRE STAGE ON NAIROBI’S THEATRE SCENE
Sunday, 12 August 2018
Aleya Kassam, Laura Ekumbo and Anne Moraa went ahead and did their homework, researching the whereabouts of the most heroic women freedom fighters in Kenya’s past. ‘Brazen’ highlights the tremendous contributions made by five outstanding women, namely Mekatilili wa Menze, the Giriama woman who led a resistance movement against the British colonizer in 1913-1914; Wangu wa Makeri, the first female Chief in Kikuyuland, Field Marshall Muthoni wa Kirima, the top-ranking female freedom fighter in the ‘Mau Mau’ Land and Freedom Army; the nameless woman who brought down the legendary Luanda Magere, and the great Kenyan-Asian writer and rebel, Zarina Patel.
There are also a wide range of women who have started up their own theatre companies. Besides Mumbi Kaigwa (who handed over The Theatre Company to her ex-spouse Keith Pearson in order to found The Arts Canvas), there’s Mbeki Mwalimu who founded Back to Basics early this year and has subsequently staged several original Kenyan scripts. Then there’s Mshai Mwangola who with Mueni Lundi and Aghan Odero, formed The Performance Collective which has a regular gig every month at the Point Zero Coffee House and Book Club.
Mshai Mwangola Githongo
Caroline Odongo was the force behind the Mujiza Theatre where she not only managed but often directed shows. She also acted but now she works with etcetera productions mainly as a producer-director.
Alumbe Namai, storyteller with the Sigana International Festival of Storytellers
Mara Menzies is a Kenyan storyteller who is based in Scotland but comes occasionally to perform in Kenya en route to other parts of the world. Maimouna Jallow is an inspired Togo-born storyteller married to a Kenyan who has also played a pivotal role encouraging Kenyan writers and performing artists to ‘reimagine Kenyan folktales’ in light of present-day circumstances.
Storytellers Wambui Raya, Sitawa, Patricia Kihoro, Mumbi Kaigwa and Maimouna Jallow
Patricia Kihoro and June Gachui costar in And So You Say
Saturday, 11 August 2018
Florence Wangui's Cocks in the Line: the Basic Element show in the One Off Stables
Joseph 'Weche' Waweru's art at Circle Art Gallery
Nayianoi Sitonik's Tuk tuk is at Polka dot Gallery in The Kenya we Love show
Patti Endo's Nude at the Line exhibition at One Off Gallery
But possibly the most surprising works using this basic element of a simple line, were aluminum wire sculptures by Ndeithi Kariuki. A marketing manager by day, he does his art at night and on weekends. One can see how music has inspired his art since one’s a silhouette of Jimi Hendrix’s guitar, the other two hands on piano keys playing jazz.
by Yony Waite at Polka Dot gallery
Jains wedding party