Students expose social ills at drama festival

Mugoiri Girls High School are the winners in the play category of the annual Kenya Drama Festival.

Monday March 14 2016

Dawamu Leadership School from Kajiado County stages a play 'A spear in  the Heart' during Metropolitan Region Secondary Schools Drama Festival at Noon Kopir Girls High School in Kajiado on March 8, 2016. Mugoiri Girls High School in Murang'a County won in the play category of the annual Kenya Drama Festival for schools, colleges and universities Aberdare Region that ended on Friday. PHOTO | ANTHONY NJAGI | NATION MEDIA GROUP

Dawamu Leadership School from Kajiado County stages a play 'A spear in the Heart' during Metropolitan Region Secondary Schools Drama Festival at Noon Kopir Girls High School in Kajiado on March 8, 2016. Mugoiri Girls High School in Murang'a County won in the play category of the annual Kenya Drama Festival for schools, colleges and universities Aberdare Region that ended on Friday. PHOTO | ANTHONY NJAGI | NATION MEDIA GROUP 

By ANTHONY NJAGI
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Mugoiri Girls High School in Murang'a County are the winners in the play category of the annual Kenya Drama Festival for schools, colleges and universities Aberdare Region that ended on Friday.

Thingithu Secondary School Laikipia County hosted the very best from Laikipia, Nyeri, Muranga, Kirinyaga, Kiambu and Nyandarua in the five day festival.

In an action packed closing ceremony, students presented items filled with topical messages that portray the social ills that threaten our economy, including exams cheating.

Mugori Girls High School’s winning play was about the Kenya Drama Festival. Their play, The trials of Aristoto, scripted and directed by Munene wa Mumbi put the drama teacher on the trial.

Kianyaga High School also qualified for the nationals after their play Torrent of Rodents scooped second position.

At the centre of the conflict in this play is a child, baby Kauchumi who is about to be attacked by ferocious rats.

Who will rescue baby Kaunchumi? The play uses allegory and stage metaphors to portray the social ills.

Form One student Brian Kanai who acted as baby Kauchumi won the best actor award even though he did not utter a single word on stage.

His presence on stage as a baby wearing pampers was enough to create a powerful effect. Baricho High School were third while Mary Hills Girls were fourth.

CULTURAL DANCE

In the cultural dance category Kangubiri Girls High School were the winners. The dance explored the importance of integrity and professionalism.

The dance was choreographed by Esther Mbuga.

They were followed by Iria-Ini Girls High School. St Ann Gituba were third, Gitugi Girls and Othaya Boys fourth and fifth respectively.

Mumbi Girls High School were the winners in the choral verse category. Tumumutu Girls were second, Ng’araria Girls third, Magomano Girls (fourth), Muguru secondary (fifth) and Muthua-aini Seconadary (sixth).

Alliance High School were the winners in the solo verse category followed by Chomo Boys and than Chinga Boys.

Kijabe Boys were the winners in the oral narrative category. Alliance Girls were second and Wahundura were third.

Meanwhile, Riara Springs Girls High School play came was the best in the Metropolitan Regional Drama festival that ended on Friday at Noon Kopir Girls High school.

Their play Pacification was about the plight of boys. Dawamu Leadership School and Liaser Hill stage the second and third best plays.

In the cultural dance category, Dagoretti High school took position one, and were followed by Kenya High and Nembu Girls.

Kwanthanze Secondary school were the winners in the choral verse category. Precious Blood were second and State House Girls third. 

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