Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?

Sqoop - Get Uganda entertainment news, celebrity gossip, videos and photos
Sqoop – Get Uganda entertainment news, celebrity gossip, videos and photosSqoop – Get Uganda entertainment news, celebrity gossip, videos and photos

Four One One

More than 40 years later, Abassa Nábassa is still relevant

Christopher Mukiibi in a scene trying to lure his friend’s wife in an extra marital affair. The play Abassa N’abassa is showing at Uganda National Cultural Centre. Photo/ Edgar R. Batte

It is not every day that you get to experience pure magic or theatre genius. Yet at times, even in the presence of such excellence, most people will not notice it is happening.

The past weeks at Uganda’s premium art space the National Theatre have felt like this, with them, they had the staging of Christopher Mukiibi’s Abassa Nábassa, a lay from one of Uganda’s theatre doyens and yet the feat came and left without the trumpets it needed.

This is not very surprising about the National Theatre for they host a big percentage of the year that are brilliant shows but do close to nothing when it comes to publicising them, at the end, they end up with a half-full auditorium.

Christopher Mukiibi’s saga was, however, fairly attended and the fact that it stayed at the theatre for close to a week was yet another feat, most shows at the National Theatre barely last a weekend.

The play is about a neighbourhood coming of age, with many people moving in, while others are leaving.

The play attempts to cast a diverse cast of actors and theatre makers one can easily consider legends of theatre – thus you’re getting up close with actors such as Mukiibi himself, Dickson Zizinga, and Annet Nandujja and Ibrahim Ssematimba, among others.

Written in 1976, the play follows two friends that are also neighbours at Toga Street, Dan and Kasirye are two respected family men on the street, however, there is more going on than meets the eye.

The writing of the production is probably one of the things that makes it a classic, it produces all the major characters that define a story – you have the protagonist and antagonist, their support system, and the jokers.

Now for most of the production, these jokers deliver the story to the audience, they carry the plot from one place to the next and through them, we notice that humans may not be the same but don’t differ as much.

The story is carried by these men who clean shoes and run kiosks, they know who is playing with students, who are cheating on their wife, who is stealing from whom, and who is violating what.

The play presents a lot of themes on love, trust, and morality that seem to resonate with the world we live in in 2022, even when the original text was written in 1976.

Don’t want to miss out on any story? For updates on all Sqoop stories, follow this link on Telegram:

You May Also Like

Four One One

Besides the unique sound of the guitar in his song Bus Dunia, Herman Basudde used the intro of the song not just to celebrate...

Four One One

Jackie Chandiru, one of the original members of Blu*3 has said today’s crop of artistes need a manual on how to do things. Speaking...

Four One One

‘Nyumbani‘ is one of Goodlyfe and Viboyo’s biggest songs to date but shockingly, Swangz Avenue’s Benon Mugumbya who produced it did not like it....

Four One One

Musician and songwriter Alexander Bagonza popularly known as A Pass is distressed by the kind of songs that are played on radio and television...