Romeo ndi Julieti, Malawi

Romeo ndi Julieti
Presented in Chichewa
Luwinga Secondary School, Mzuzu, Malawi
Mzuzu University, Mzuzu, Malawi
Chingalire Village, Lilongwe, Malawi
April 7-8, 2016                      

Translation into Chichewa: Stanley Onjezani Kenani
Edited by: Amy Bonsall
Translation Consistency: Misheck Mzumara

Director: Amy Bonsall
Assisted by:
Misheck Mzumara
Hussein Gopole

Drumming and Dance: Hussain Gopole and company
Linguistic assistance from: Misheck Banda

Produced by:
Bilimankhwe Arts
Mzuzu University Theatre Group
Leeds University


Romeo: Alinafe Limbani
Julieti: Wezi Banda
Fr Lawrence: Alfred Njikho
Prince: Diverius Willard
Montague/Fr John: Hussein Gopole
Lady Montague: Leah Mhone
Capulate: Misheck Mzumara
Lady Capulate: Julie Mkandawire
Paris: Kelvin Chiyoyola
Benvolio: Tony Kalumbi
Tybalt: Vitumbiko Kumwenda
Peter/Balthazar/Gregory: Wakisa Kalinga
Mercutio: Wokomaatani Kayenda
Nurse: Rita Boaz
Apothecary: Trust Matewere

Funding and Sponsorship:
Bilimankhwe Arts
Mzuzu University
Leeds University

This production forms the practice of Amy Bonsall's Practice as Research PhD at Leeds University. The performance was given in Chichewa and set in contemporary Lilongwe. The company worked together to explore and incorporate various aspects of Malawian life and culture in order to make the production accessible and relevant to Malawian audiences.

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The audience analysis is still being prepared, but attendees at the village numbered well over 1,000 and was a full mix of ages and genders ranging from babies through to the very senior members of the community.  

This performance toured to 3 venues in Malawi in 2016, with an additional performance at The British Council in Lilongwe in June 2016 as part of Shakespeare 400 and the Queen's Birthday celebrations.