The 56th edition of the 2015 Kenya National Drama festivals begun on the 7th of April 2015 in Nakuru. Kenyayote is compiling a list of the winners in each category and we will be posting in our subsequent article.
One of those performers who moved the crowd in 2015 Kenya National Drama festival is Matani Amstrong from MKU.
“When Eldoret Campus student Matani Armstrong went onto the stage to represent the university in the ongoing Kenya National Drama Festivals, few people
among the undulating crowds knew that he was mourning his sister who passed away just hours before the event started.
“The show must go on,” said Armstrong, invoking a popular phrase in theatre circles. “As the main actor in our play ‘The Demand’ and narrator of ‘Kabalet’, I had to ensure that MKU’s flag flies high.”
Armstrong was encouraged to participate in the festivals despite the personal tragedy by his father who works as a policeman in Eldoret. Jared Ogolla, the patron of the Campus drama club says the father insisted that participation in the festivals was also a way of healing from the loss.
“The Demand” received rave reviews from the adjudicators. It tells the story of Cheboi (played by Armstrong), an influential businessman who has two children Kipkosya and Cheruto. Cheruto is betrothed to Odhis. But
before the marriage to a man of a different tribe can proceed, Cheboi demands that a certain mystery has to be sorted out first. The mystery revolves around the
death of some girls. It turns out the death of the girls was a negative outcome of their father’s corrupt deals.
The play, directed by Ogolla, is written by renowned playwright Samuel Otieno. It has 25 actors and actresses, all students of MKU Eldoret Campus.
The narrative from Armstrong is about a rogue athlete.” (source)
The 56th Edition of the 2015 Kenya Drama festival has however recorded a low turn out compared to that of 2014.