Right, we are back after the holidays. There might not have been plays showing, but going by the number of plays lined up for January, there were obviously no holiday breaks for our entertainers. We kick off the year with Phoenix Theatre, known for staging their plays for three weeks in a row, thereby giving us a chance to be Kenyans and waiting for the last week to rush there. Make a New Year’s resolution and stop waiting for the last moment to get your tickets. Happy New Year, theatre lovers!
Play of the Week - Twice My Age by Phoenix Theatre
This play is an adaptation of The Public Eye by Peter Shaffer’ and is directed by Ellis Otieno.
Charles and Belinda are an ill-sorted couple yet they were once in love. Insanely jealous, Charles engages a private eye, Julian, to follow Belinda around Nairobi. Julian can only report that she is attached to someone. Then it turns out that Belinda is in love with Julian, the investigator. What will they do?
Will Julian have one over his employer and take his (employer’s) wife? If he does, will Charles sit back and take it? And what will Belinda do? Will she give her marriage a second chance or take off with Julian? Get your tickets to get the whole story.
Theatre Personality of the Week – Doreen Mwajuma
Q. Happy New Year!
A. Happy New Year to you!
Q. You are going on stage so soon after the holidays, does that mean you were rehearsing over the holidays?
A. My answer to that is, I am always ready, haha.
Q. How is that when everybody else is off having fun?
A. You see, I am always having fun practising my craft, so that is okay. I did not feel short-changed.
Q. What do you do when you are not acting?
A. I compose and also sing with Tunedem Band
Q. Are you on TV and if so, in which programmes?
A. Yes I am in several programmes. I was in Guy Centre, Nairobi Half Life and Ni Sisi, just to mention a few.
Q. What do you plan to achieve, in terms of acting, in 2016?
A. To improve on my craft. That would be sufficient.
Q. Married? Single? Searching? Floating?
A. None of the above, but I am being hit on (wink).
Q. Who would you like to invite to your house for dinner, and what would you discuss?
A. CMB Prezzo. I actually like his zone.
Q. Who is your favourite actor/actress, local and international?
A. Local, that would be Maina Olwenya from Sugar and Half Life. Internationally, Peter Dinklage from Game of Thrones.
Q. Do you have a pet?
A. Yes, a goldfish!
Q. If it was a matter of life and death, asked to choose between skydiving and deep sea diving, which one would you choose and why?
A. Deep sea diving, at least would be on the “ground” as opposed to floating up there
Q. What are you most afraid of?
A. I am very afraid of being poor.
Q. What is your favourite holiday destination?
A. That would have to be Venice…what a lovely place! Floating city.
Q. What did you do for Christmas?
A. My friends and I went to Zanzibar.
Q. What is your pet peeve?
A. None I can think of.
Watch Doreen and the crew at the Phoenix Theatre, Professional Centre on Parliament Road from January 15 to February 7, 2016. Thursday shows are at 7pm, Friday shows at 7.30pm, Saturday and Sunday shows at 3pm. The last weekend there will be two shows a day, at 3pm and 6pm. Tickets cost Sh500, students - Sh300. For booking, call Anita on 0705-589722 or get your tickets at the reception of Phoenix Theatre.