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Africa Directions win Best Production

AFRICA Directions, based in Lusaka’s Mtendere, were the biggest winners at last week’s National Theatre Arts Association of Zambia (NATAAZ) golden jubilee festival held at the Lusaka Playhouse, walking away with the Best Set, Best Director and Best Production awards.
Eric Kasomo Jr picked up the Best Director Award for his effort on their production titled Shades of My Village.
The other nominees for Best Production and Best Director were Matero Theatre (A Fig Tree in the Wrong Field) and Bantu Theatre (The Pastor and the Harlot).
However, the Pastor and the Harlot won the Best Script with its actress Maureen Banda, starring as the prostitute, getting the Best Actress Award and Grant getting the Best Actor Award.
The Best Sounds Effect Award went to Tapeza Theatre who also got the Best Costume Award. But there were no winners for Best Lighting and Best Cameo.
And veteran playwright and director Sam Kasankha, who was one of the judges, says the quality of acting and the standard of productions at the festival were fairly high.
“Finally, the 2014 NATAAZ festivals are over and what a theatre feast it was with 10 groups – seven from Lusaka and three from Kopala [Copperbelt] – battling it out. Despite most groups featuring youthful actors (indeed the festival could have passed for an intermediate fest), the quality of acting and standard of productions were fairly high. Indeed coming up with winners in all categories is no easy task,” Kasankha said.
“Congratulations to NATAAZ on this successful festival. In spite of the challenges you faced, the blips and bloopers, where they may have occurred, you need to be commended for your resilience and be encouraged to soldier on.
“To the participants, well done for making it to Lusaka Playhouse with your good and entertaining skills and for keeping us very good company. The plays were, almost without exception, very entertaining.”

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