Challenging the Namibian audiences through writing
THE name Jenny Kandenge on the Namibian Theatre scene has become synonymous with quality productions and riveting plots that propel audiences to the edge of their sits, and this time around the multiple award-winning Director/Writer will showcase her new psychological thriller play titled, Sisters.
The play, which will be staged at the National Theatre of Namibia (NTN) from 1 to 2 November at 19h00, is under the NTNs Directors Lab project which is a capacity-building and training project to develop theatrical production skills such as a stage play, musical, comedy or drama produced from a written book or script.
Explaining the production, which can only be described as not for the faint hearted, Kandenge delves into a twisted tale of Jeffrey and Selina, siblings who share a strong bond until Joy and her sister, Alicia, come along.
In keeping with the psychological thriller genre of the play, Kandenge does not hold back the crazy – developing a warped tale where Jeffrey tries to untangle himself from a sister’s love, which borders on obsession. Soon a story of revenge and deceit unravels as siblings work to outsmart each other. The Sisters’ play explores the bonds of siblings and how far you would be willing to go for each other.
Touching on the inspiration behind the play, Kandenge, explained: “When I was writing the play, my guiding theme was why do people do the things they do”. Kandenge further explained that she did not do casting for the play, but rather handpicked the cast of the play which features Namibian actors and actresses, Lahja Haufiku, Monica Iyambo, Nashawn Marenga and Mikiros //Garoes.
Commenting on the play, Hazel Hinda, vice chairperson of the NTN board said: “Kandenge challenges the Namibian audiences, moving away from everyday play genres of romance and comedy to something that unsettles and shakes the viewer out of their comfort zone”.
Having written a novel as well as ten productions already, Kandenge is a Namibian writer at the pinnacle of her craft, and in Sisters, the writer delves into the psyches of her cast, bringing suspense, drama and intensity to her play.
Tickets are available from all computicket outlets nationwide, at N$80 and N$50 for pensioners and students. For inquiries please contact the NTN at 061 374 400.
PLAYWRIGHT: Namibian Theatre Guru, Jenny Kandenge. _Photo: Contributed