Poet and playwright Sitawa Namwalie new play Room of Lost Names makes its Nairobi debut.
Sitawa is a poet, playwright and performer. “Dead Rats” is her second published short story. As a poet, she is the author of several dramatized poetry productions including “Cut off My Tongue” (2008), “Homecoming” (2011), and “Silence is a Woman” (2014) which won Kenya’s Sanaa Theatre Awards Best Spoken Word and Poetry in the same year.
In her new play “Room of Lost Names” Sitawa Namwalie weaves old Luhyia myths to tell a contemporary story. The play revolves around a young woman who arrives in a mysterious place ruled by two contrasting gods, Gumali is the god of darkness, mischief, evil, whilst Omuwanga is the god of light, goodness, purity. The young woman soon realises she is dead. To secure her exit from this realm the dead young woman has a simple task, to return her name to the gods. However, no matter how hard she tries, she finds she cannot remember her name. To help her recover her name, the gods break protocol and take her back to the circumstances of her death. What will she find?
The cast of the play is Namussasi Silviah Nasimiyu, Laura Ekumbo, Mufasa, Checkmate Mido, and Matthew Swallow.
The makes has a preview tomorrow morning at the Pointzero Café in Nairobi from 11am. The show then goes on to make a full show at the Braeburn Theatre on June 9-11.