Written by PIUS NYONDO
MZUZU--After rising to stardom with his political play, Semo, Thlupengo Chisiza, son to late drama maestro Du Chisiza, is back with another play, The Return of the Vampire.
Thlupego, who is the Director of Lions Theatre Arts, unveiled the play at Mzuzu University over the just gone weekend.
Unlike most of his plays, which are usually political in nature, this new play which runs for almost two hours is devoid of such elements and seriously addresses the issue of parent-planned marriage without consent from their children and dependents.
The play, with a cast of five, saw only three actors performing as their colleague, Martin Banda, got hospitalized at Mzimba District Hospital after they had gotten involved in an accident whereas Geofrey Gondwe remained at the hospital as a guardian.
“We did not want to disappoint you that is why we managed to come and perform even without our two colleagues,” said a down-trodden Thlupego after the performance Saturday.
Set in a village, the play is about an uncle who gets money and cattle from three different men interested in marrying his niece. The niece doesn't know about this. A battle between the three men ensues as each one of them wants the girl so badly and finally one of the men rapes the young girl who then commits suicide because of frustration caused by the uncle who is dubbed as the vampire.
In the play, Denzel Mathala played the role of one of the suitors, Felistus Ngwira played the role of the niece and Thlupengo Chisiza played the role of the uncle and that of the two other suitors.
Speaking in an interview with MaraPost, Chisiza said he was impressed with patronage and promised more performances at the institution.
Apart from Semo, which saw him getting detained under the Bingu wa Mutharika’s regime, he has also written and directed Go To Hell, in which he is telling all the Members of Parliament who defected from their parties to go to hell since they do not really serve the interests of people who voted them into power.
He also said he will soon release My Vote and 2014 come January 2013.
"The Return of the Vampire which we just performed will also be staged in Durban, South Africa late this month,” he added.
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