Enkwayajju As Mind-Gripping As It Is Tongue-Twisting

You know it is a memorable production when two theatre power houses come together in one play.

Enkwayajju, a play blessed with a cast from Afri Talent and Zubair Family, had the audience at the edge of their seats with its intensity and capability to drive one insane. It depicts the disintegration of a family till deception, backstabbing and murder are what are left of it.

Written by Henry Mpinga Sempijja, the play centres on Sekadde (Abby Mukiibi) struggling to hold onto his sanity, wealth and dominance amidst aersity from his own family. Heavily-indebted, Sekadde sells part of his land to pay off his creditors, much to the annoyance of his daughters who believe the land sold is theirs. Their father even registered it in their names during their infanthood.

Their greedy struggle to retrieve this land dishes out a series of chaotic scenes in the play. His life is turned upside down when his wayward daughters Shantal and Shanita reveal they will do anything to get hold of their share of his wealth.

The drama is heightened when his ex-wife Zalwango comes to stay in the same house as Sekadde and his current wife Margaret. Zalwango’s arrival further destroys the already- dysfunctional family.

The main villain, Shantal (Beatrice Samula), who starts out as a beautiful, modern girl whose only shortcoming is having multiple partners, transforms into an ungrateful evil daughter. She is unrecognizable by the end of the play. Her evil nature is clearly shown when she orders one of her toy boys to kill her father and one of her stepsisters, Jojo. The toy boy only manages to kill Jojo.

The home’s domestic labourers are used to satirize and mock the problems of the rich. They raise questions on the ills of society including polygamy, witchcraft, social classes, inheritance, and promiscuity, among others. Their comedic jabs at their employers had the audience crackling with laughter.

They provided the much- needed relief from the tension within Sekadde’s household. One of the most memorable scenes from the play is when an enraged Sekadde charges at his daughters, attempting to strangle one.

Mukiibi, who also directed the play, acted this part with such commendable skill that he had the audience scared for a moment. We thought he would jump at us, too. Thanks to Zalwango’s exaggerated character – her loudness and vigorous shaking of her backside in moments of anger – the audience is reminded that this is actually a staged play, not reality.

Source : The Observer

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