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Mariam Ndagire’s Festival Opens with Actors' Workshop: The Best is Yet To Come.
Mariam Ndagire’s Festival Opens with Actors' Workshop: The Best is Yet To Come.
Mariam Ndagire’s Festival Opens with Actors' Workshop: The Best is Yet To Come.

On a crisp Monday morning, September 25th, 2023, the spotlight shone brightly on the bustling Bat Valley Theatre Auditorium. Over 250 actors gathered at Bat Valley, driven by their shared love for the performing arts. The occasion? The much-anticipated workshop organized by The Mariam Ndagire Film and Performing Arts Centre is a prelude to their upcoming Theatre and Performing Arts Festival.

The atmosphere was charged with anticipation, and whispers of excitement filled the air. The event promised to be an enlightening experience, a melting pot of creativity, and an opportunity for actors to hone their craft. As the curtains rose, the workshop unveiled its carefully crafted agenda: discussions on the delicate director-actor relationship and the secrets to fostering harmonious collaborations on stage, alongside an exploration of the profound role of music in acting.

Joanita Matovu: Insights into Performance Excellence.

From the Judges' Table, the elegant and experienced Joanita Matovu took center stage. She delved into what sets exceptional performances apart and highlighted the pivotal role of judgment in the world of theatre. Her words resonated deeply with the attendees, instilling in them a newfound appreciation for the art of critique and refinement.

Mabira Micheal: A Musical Journey Through Theatre.

He embarked on a captivating musical journey through theatre. His presentation unveiled the powerful role of music in storytelling, emphasizing its ability to evoke emotions, transport audiences to distant realms, and elevate the overall impact of a theatrical production.

Haji Abby Mukiibi Nkaaga: Deciphering Director-Actor Dynamics.

Then came a moment eagerly awaited by all present - Haji Abby Mukiibi Nkaaga's insightful discourse on "What A Director Expects From An Actor." The audience was transported into the intricate web of the director-actor dynamic, a relationship often shrouded in mystery. Abby Mukiibi's words were a beacon of clarity, shedding light on the unspoken expectations that drive great performances. He underscored the importance of actors embracing teamwork, acknowledging that in the realm of theatre, collaboration is the cornerstone upon which masterpieces are built.

Hajji Abbey Mukiibi Nkaaga gave advice to actors participating in the workshop. 

The International Theatre Institute (ITI) made its presence felt through its acting president, Amelia Chaka Mboto. She pledged the ITI's commitment to collaborate with the Festival, envisioning a global stage where the talents nurtured in Uganda would shine. Her words ignited a spark of hope among the participants, reminding them that their passion and dedication were not confined by borders.

As the workshop drew to a close, participants were not only enriched with knowledge but also carried away Certificates of Participation—a tangible testament to their commitment to the art.

A Glimpse into the Future

But this is just the beginning. The Mariam Ndagire Festival has set its sights on a grand mission - the revival of theatre culture. From November 13th to November 21st, a full week of theatre performances in competition will grace the stage, promising a captivating spectacle for theater enthusiasts. Before the grand event, multiple workshops and training sessions are scheduled, designed to elevate the standard of theatre acting in Uganda.

The curtain has risen on a new era for Ugandan theatre, and the stage is set for an exciting journey ahead. The Mariam Ndagire Theatre and Performing Arts Festival have proven that the best is yet to come, and the future of theatre in Uganda is indeed a bright one. As we eagerly await the forthcoming performances and celebrations, one thing is certain: the spirit of creativity and the love for the performing arts will continue to flourish in the hearts of all those who were part of this remarkable workshop.

By Martin Kabagambe

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