Last week saw our fourth LubutoDrama performance. As is now usual, the groups from both libraries came together to perform and celebrate their achievements. I didn’t think that things could get any better than our third performance, a month or so ago, but I was wrong! The standard of the acting increases every time; the kids get more and more enthusiastic and supportive of each other; the audience gets bigger; girls take more and more of a lead role – the bar has well and truly been raised.
The two libraries are in friendly competition with each other to see who can provide the best performance but this does not mean that they do not support each other, singing along with songs, joining in with dancing, falling about with laughter at the jokes and cheering at the end of each scene.
Kenny is the best warm up man I have ever seen, whipping the audience up into a frenzy before each performance. I am sure that the cries of “3…2…1…ACTION!” can be heard across the compound and young children come running to see what is going on in the library!
This performance was a double privilege for me because my parents are visiting from the UK and they were able to be a part of the audience. It was only their second day in Zambia – what an introduction to Lubuto’s work!