JOHN KAPESA, Mufulira
EVEN though the audience was paltry from the expected, the theatre pundits that turned up at Mufulira Little Theatre last weekend enjoyed the Boyd Chibale-written play “Confession”, which was directed by William Kesa.Primarily told through the four-cast member, the play, without diluting the intrinsic theme, is the tale, an imagined storyline about social loneliness, single parenting with regret and remorse as the outcomes.
The play exhumes hard facts about a single mother who decides to erase her history drawing feelings, acceptable timelines and ill-feelings and emotions which, in my view, were well executed by the cast.
Talking about emotions, leading the pack of actors was Memory Kasweshi as Loiwe, who deserves kudos for a determined character, a strong mother, and an eccentric secretary with a daughter, Bertha Mwila, whose daily routine appears recluse and plays under peer pressure.
In the story: Sylvestor Siyalu (Tutulwa Sinyangwe) is a successful Russian trained civil engineer who finds himself in a nightmare when he impregnates his secret lover. He is, however, determined to go through with everything and marry the girl, but will he?
Sylvestor’s trusted secretary (Memory Kasweshi) is the mother of his lover. Will she consent to this marriage considering that her heart bleeds after dumping a son at an orphanage more than 30 years ago.
Memory rekindled the theme by chronicling her struggle in raising her presumed two children; one she undoubtedly dumped at the orphanage and the other, a young girl she lives with. She is made to grow up routinely nurturing her daughter as a single parent.
In the beginning, in a soliloquy, Memory takes the audience back to her old days when she led a loose life which led to her bearing the two children — so the audience visualises Sylvestor Siyalu as her son, too.
The appearance of Zebron (Victor Musamba) not only lightens matters, but seemingly complicates them. Zebron is a good friend of Sylvestor, but also the distanced husband of Loiwe. Then the story unfolds, but will the answers be favourable to see or listen to?
The performance was watched by veteran playwright Barney Kanjela and the author who said he picked the theme as a contribution towards the impact of wayward living across the globe.
Having watched the play, the playwright said he was encouraged by the standard of performance.
Memory, alongside Victor Musamba, put up a spirited and endearing performance. Her hyper mood fitted her well as she displayed her skills. Seasoned actor Victor from Chingola Arts Society (CAS), whose “Confessions” is his first play at Mufulira Little Theatre, described his performance as above average.
His humble approach to his role was just what it demanded following his pairing with Memory.
Bertha Mwila, a student at Mufulira College of Education, was on point as Tutulwa Sinyangwe’s lover.
The stage crew was vivid though much needed to be done on the props and drops. But for sound, Jonathan Simpemba’s creativity was noticeably good with the track sounds throughout the play.
Other backstage crew included Alipha Chilufya and Jesinta Chanda on lights and make-up respectively.
All said and done, it is a good production needing some few patch-ups on the stage set and polishing up the players.
Otherwise, this was considerably a successful show.
Perhaps, William Kesa and his producer Teddy Phiri should sit down and plan outside performances in Chingola, Kitwe, Ndola and the Midlands looking at the bearable cast.
JOHN KAPESA, Mufulira