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More theatre than ever before at Storymoja fete

Kevin Hanssen (left) stars in Dickens tonight while Mike Kudakwashe stages stand up comedy on Sunday night at Nairobi National Museum. They're both in A Man like You on Saturday at 7pm. PHOTO | Margaretta Wa Gacheru
Kevin Hanssen (left) stars in Dickens tonight while Mike Kudakwashe stages stand up comedy on Sunday night at Nairobi National Museum. They're both in A Man like You on Saturday at 7pm. PHOTO | Margaretta Wa Gacheru 

Mike Kudakwashe came all the way from Harare to take part in Storymoja Festival 2017, which opens today (Wednesday) and runs through to Sunday at the Nairobi National Museum.

The Zimbabwean actor will co-star this coming Saturday night in ‘A Man Like You’ with fellow countryman, Kevin Hanssen, and with Kenyan actors Davina Leonard and Omwoma Mboga.

The foursome will perform Silvia Cassini’s gripping political drama on Saturday night at the Louis Leakey Auditorium as part of the Festival.

That same night, Sitawa Namwalie’s ‘Room of Lost Names’ will be staged at the same venue right after Silvia’s play.

Mike, who plays a hot-tempered Somali kidnapper, doesn’t only do dramatic roles. In fact, back home in Zimbabwe his stand-up comedy is what he’s best known for.

Billed as ‘the funniest man in Harare’, he’ll be sharing his stand-up comedy on Sunday evening at 7 p.m. also on the Leakey stage.

But Mike is not the only cast member of ‘A Man Like You’ who will stage their own one-person show during the Festival.

Kevin is performing tonight in ‘Dickens’, a script that’s almost entirely based on the writings of the great British writer Charles Dickens, by himself.

Hanssen will perform excerpts from two of Dickens’ most well-known novels, ‘A Tale of Two Cities’ and ‘A Christmas Carol’. He will also dramatise Dickens’ complete short story, ‘The Signalman’.

Finally, Davina Leonard - who just produced Nassim Soleimanpour’s ‘White Rabbit Red Rabbit’ last weekend - will star in her solo show, ‘Every Brilliant Thing’ on Sunday at 5 p.m., also at the Leakey Auditorium

The foursome performed ‘A Man Like You’ last April in Nairobi during the first leg of their African tour.

The show then went to Harare and Cape Town where they got an invitation to perform a slightly shortened version of the original script in November as part of the World Culture Festival.

‘‘The World Culture Festival compelled us to revise our script slightly, which is what Nairobi audiences will see on Saturday night,” says Silvia.

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