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‘30 years of Bananas’ returns to the National Theatre

The cast during a scene in 30 years of Bananas, at Playwright House, a new theatre, last month in Mengo, Kampala. Photo by EDGAR R. BATTE

It will be the same great taste of Uganda’s most popular Theatre play in the new era as Uganda’s famed theatre performance 30 Years of Bananas will be re-produced by famed actor Philp Luswata at National Theatre in Kampala.

The play that was first staged 28 years ago at the Uganda National Theatre in 1992 by playwright and actor Alex Mukulu will again be acted in the National theatre auditorium as part of World Theatre Day celebrations. According to the National theatre production manager Mr. Andrew Jeddiah Ssebagala, the Theatre play will headline the World Theatre day celebrations in Kampala.

“We are partnering with Playwright House Uganda to present 30 years of Bananas to Ugandans as part of the World Theatre day celebrations” he explained. Ssebagala explained that it will be an opportunity for the young theatre makers in Uganda to learn from the play that has been loved by Ugandans for years.

The play that was first staged in 1992 on Independence Day offers much reflection on depressing ideas about Uganda’s political path. The play that was recently revived at Philip Luswata’s Playwright House is driven on thematic concerns and the director explores multilingual diction, symbolism, music, dance and humor.

About the play

Title: 30 Years of Bananas

Director: Philip Luswata

Playwright: Alex Mukulu/Philip Luswata

Genre: Political

Cast: Wide-ranging

Duration: Two hours

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