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Shows that make 2017 unforgettable

Aperture Africa staged Robin Hood the musical at Oshwal Centre. PHOTO | MARGARETTA WA GACHERU | NMG
Aperture Africa staged Robin Hood the musical at Oshwal Centre. PHOTO | MARGARETTA WA GACHERU | NMG 

2017 was a year of spectacle, satire, storytelling and several memorable solo performances. It was also a time when hardly a weekend went by without at least one show being staged, and often there were more.

Most consistent, of course, were comedies by Heartstrings Entertainment, a company that has tapped into urban youth’s funny bone with its style of social satire that always seems to hit home.

And as resident playwrights go, none was more prolific this year than Martin Kigondu who not only wrote and directed several new scripts. He and his Prevail Arts also produced shows like What Happens in the Night, Matchstick Men and Love and Peace (adapted from poetry by Joan Sikand).

Many of our best playwrights and actors sadly shifted over from the stage to film and TV. Fortunately, there were several, such as Mugambi Nthiga, Martin Githinji, Nice Githinji, Kaz Lucas and Elsaphan Njora who managed both spheres.