Play of the week: Secrets and Lies by Festival of Creative Arts

Thursday March 24 2016

Karim Nathoo is an actor, featuring in Secrets

Karim Nathoo is an actor, featuring in Secrets and Lies, a play by Creative Arts, currently showing at Alliance Francaise. PHOTO| COURTESY 

Deceit, cover ups, false identity. A comedy of riotous misunderstandings. The president of a global company based in Dubai travels to Kenya to check out how the business is doing.

He is invited by the country director to his house for dinner, only to uncover secrets and lies.


Theatre Personality of the Week: Karim Nathoo


Q. Strange how we don’t have many Muslim actors, why do you think that is?

A.I think the world view of the acting profession in the community has not been very encouraging, but I think as the film industry in the country keeps evolving, more will consider it.

 Q. When did you start acting?

A. In 2007. I acted in an episode in Inspekta Mwala and loved it. After that, I was hooked. 

Q. Are there other actors in the family?

A. I have a young cousin who is acting abroad.

 Q. Tell us a little about the part you are playing?

A. I play the part of a depressed man whose girlfriend has left him, and so I go back to my wife, but still long for my girlfriend. I meet an old acquaintance who ‘works’ as a professional toy boy.

I decide to give the ‘job’ a shot, and the acquaintance introduces me to two women whose husbands are away...

 Q.  What else do you do apart from acting?

A. I am also a journalist trying to make sense of the stories behind the headlines, locally and internationally. I want to know how these events will shape the world in future.

I am also a bit of a masseur. I got interested when my mother was diagnosed with cancer, and I would do foot reflexology on her. Massage can tease out stuff like depression and trauma.

It makes you breath better, and as you know, breath is the very essence of life.

 Q.  Besides Inspekta Mwala, are there other TV shows you’ve acted in?

A.  I have been on Prem, KTN, This love, on Mnet, Isabella, on K24, Jameni, on KTN and Kijakazi, on GoTv.

 Q. You are a busy man - what do you do after a long day’s work?

A. Sometimes I have a beer, listen to music and watch TV. 

Q. If you were given one chance to change something in the world, what would it be?

A. Corruption and how it is eating away the very fabric of our society. I would change its evil face, the hypocrisy, lies and deceit, especially when it comes to politics.

Q. Where do you want to be in about five years?

A. To have done a movie about the real history of our country and be more clear about my purpose in life. I would like to tour the country as well, and go beyond the guide book.

 Q. If you were asked to choose between hanging on a helicopter or swimming with the shacks, what would you choose?

A.  Hang on a helicopter. I am afraid of sharks

 Q. What do you fear most?

A. Snakes

 Q. What annoys you most?

A. Lies, deceit, hypocrisy

 Q. What is your favourite meal and can you cook it?

A. Rice, curry, chapati and fried githeri. I haven’t given time to learn how to cook

 Q. Who is the one person you would most like to invite for lunch and what would you talk about?

A. The spirit of Wangari Maathai. Tell her of my deep respect for her and reverence for the work she did, her courage. If I had my way, I would build a statue of her, put in a museum the first car she bought, talk about the first shop she visited, the

entertainment places she visited…


Watch Karim and the cast at Alliance Francaise from March 31 to April 3. Tickets Sh700, advance tickets Sh600.