Theatre Holds Its Own At Bat Valley

The fact is, people still enjoy going to theatre, despite popular perception to the contrary.

Even when turnout has not been at its best lately thanks to a growing list of entertainment alternatives, last weekend patrons demonstrated that also what is on offer matters, by filling Bat Valley theatre to the brim, when Enkanamu was showing.

The play has a collaborating cast from Hajj Haruna Mubiru’s Kream Production, Meddie Nsereko, Sheila Nvannungi, Ruth Wanyana, Patriko Mujuuka, Amooti, Dick Kitamirike (aka Nadduli) and Dr Ashraf Ssemwogerere, among others.

Hundreds thronged the place to watch the likes of Nvannungi and Nsereko, who had been off the stage for years. In fact during his morning show at CBS FM, Mujuuka told listeners not to bother going to the theatre as the two Sunday shows had sold out.

The musical play is part of Kream Productions’ launch to Kampala fans, since for the last two years their shows have been mainly upcountry. The 7pm show had to start late as more fans fought their way inside. Pregnant women and children suffered the most during the melee at the entrance.

Unlike most plays where characters assume stage names, this cast used their real names. Enkanamu, derived from the ancient Ganda way of determining paternity [DNA], rotates around a very rich Mubiru who was adopted.

Mubiru’s birth mother rents a shop in his arcade, but because she is in another relationship, she fears disclosing the truth until Mubiru attempts to marry his sister. She gives both children to their biological father but it is not easy and this is where enkanamu comes in to prove ancestry.

With star performers such as Mary Bata Namakula, the show looked well-rehearsed and flowed well. comedy from Amooti, Mujuuka and Ssemwogerere left some patrons holding their aching stomachs as a result of the “cracked ribs”.

Trained dentist Ssemwogerere said on stage that he grew up admiring the title “the late” reserved for the dead, and at one point adopted it as his own: The Late Dr Ashraf…

“It sounded special and for learned people!” he boasted.

The four-hour play continues at Bat Valley.

Source : The Observer

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