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The V-Day Campaign 2019: The Vagina Monologues

Since 2003, we’ve been putting together a production of Eve Ensler’s The Vagina Monologues to raise funds for organisations working to end violence against women and girls.

Since 2017, we’ve been supporting ComeTogether Widows and Orphans Organization.

Meet our beneficiaries:

        

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Orchid by Mũmbi Kaigwa: Birth Festival, Manchester, UK

Mũmbi’s play, Orchid, had its premiere at the Birth Festival in Manchester, UK on Thursday, 20 October, 2016, with a repeat on Saturday, 22 October.

Between 2016 and 2019, the play was also seen and read at the following:

The World Health Organisation (WHO) Headquarters, Geneva.

The Wellcome Collection in London.

Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine’s Centre of Maternal and Newborn Health (LSTM).

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KigeziNdoto: A Hook for Dreams by Mũmbi Kaigwa

In early 2005, I was invited to write a new script for performance at The Wereld Muziek Theatre Festival. In 2006 KigeziNdoto, the product of three-months writing and rehearsal, toured Holland, Belgium and Italy.

The show is a musical performance celebrating African heroes and providing an African perspective on Kenyan history.

KigeziNdoto: A Hook for Dreams is the second part of a trilogy, which includes The Voice of a Dream and They Call Me Wanjikũ. The performers examine the dreams of East Africans through music, dance and story, looking at pre- and post-colonial history and the lessons we can learn today from our past.

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They Call Me Wanjikũ by Mũmbi Kaigwa

“THEY CALL ME WANJIKŨ”

This play is the third in my trilogy of plays about identity. The two previous plays are “The Voice of a Dream” and “KigeziNdoto: A Hook for Dreams.”

“They Call Me Wanjikũ” came to life after I tried to include my children in my Kenyan passport, and was informed I needed written permission from my husband.

My husband was a not a Kenya citizen. But that was okay; he is a man, and that fact apparently rushes him to the front of the queue regarding citizen’s rights and legal authority.

In case you’re wondering what they do when there’s no husband, fathers, or brothers (younger and older) are listed first in this permission-giving policy.

You can’t make this stuff up. It’s totally feudal.

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Mũmbi Kaigwa honoured in Cairo, Egypt, at CIFCET 2016

The Cairo International Festival for Contemporary and Experimental Theatre (CIFCET) was founded in 1988 as Cairo International Festival for Experimental Theatre. After it concluded its twenty-second edition in 2010 it was suspended/adjourned in 2011 until 2015.

The festival was reintroduced in 2016 from 20th to 30th September.

That year, a large number of Arab and international theatre companies participated, in addition to a long list of Egyptian productions. The festival included six workshops led by major international artists from Chile, USA, Pakistan and India.

There were also four major panels focusing on Arab theatre and the West scheduled on the Fringe.

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The Voice of a Dream by Mũmbi Kaigwa

 

Documentary Theatre bears witness to a moment in time; a distillation of interviews that the playwright conducts and records for performance. The style ensures that the reality of the people and events described cannot be denied. They are actual people describing actual events as they saw and understood them.

This form has been made popular by such wonderful playwrights as Anna Deavere Smith (Twilight: Los Angeles 1990), Emily Mann (Having Our Say: The Delaney Sisters’ First 100 Years, Greensboro, Still Life, Annulla: An Autobiography), Charlayne Woodard (Neat, Pretty Fire, In Real Life), Tammy Anderson (I Don’t Wanna Play House), Anna Yen and Lisa Kron (2.5 Minute Ride, Well).

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Anti-Violence Campaign Kenya 2017: The Vagina Monologues

THE VAGINA MONOLOGUES

by Eve Ensler and directed by Mũmbi Kaigwa

Kenya National Theatre (KNT)
Wednesday 15 March 2017

Beneficiary: Cometogether Widows and Orphans (www.cometogewoo.org)

Cast included…

Patricia Amira                            Silvia Cassini

Lorna Dias                                   June Gachui

Pinky Ghelani-Raj                      Bea Imathiu

Lorna Irungu-Macharia             Mumbi Kaigwa

Aleya Kassam                                Kaz

Hana Kefela                                   Savane Kemoli

Patricia Kihoro                             Wacango Muguro Kimani

Shazz N’deritu                              Cathi Ngugi

Mo Pearson                                  Nini Wacera

Seroun Wang’ombe

See Poster for Venue and Other Details.

Salt and Pepper – The rise of the mixed-race songstress

Music is in many ways an exploration of who we are. In recent times, more and more singers of mixed parentage have emerged out of Africa and Europe, adding new flavours to the music scene.

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Maia von Lekow

Salt & Pepper: What’s On Africa – Maia von Lekow

Music is in many ways an exploration of who we are. In recent times, more and more singers of mixed parentage have emerged out of Africa and Europe, adding new flavours to the music scene.

In a series on race and identity in African music, journalist Maimouna Jallow speaks with Kenyan contemporary musician Maia von Lekow.

Salt & Pepper: What’s On Africa – Thaïs Diarra

Music is in many ways an exploration of who we are. In recent times, more and more singers of mixed parentage have emerged out of Africa and Europe, adding new flavours to the music scene.

In a series on race and identity in African music, journalist Maimouna Jallow speaks with Swiss based Mali afro-soul singer Thaïs Diarra