Lovers’ Lava: A contemporary-day morality play

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Lovers’ Lava: A contemporary-day morality play


Azawi with Sobhuzac in Lovers Lava at Kenya Cultural Centre on February 13, 2022. PHOTO | MARGARETTA WA GACHERU | NMG

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Abstract

  • When Wreiner Mandu entitled his play ‘Lovers Lava’, he might need been alluding to the kind of explosive relationships that populate the play he directed and produced with Igiza Gamers this previous weekend at Kenya Cultural Centre.
  • On the centre of these relationships is the play’s chief volcanic drive, Nawalovu (performed with ferocity by Suzanne Karani). She’s the founder-CEO of her personal media firm.

Erupting volcanos can launch an uncontrollable outpouring of red-hot molten lava anyplace on this planet. The lava itself is so highly effective it may well remodel entire landscapes, create new islands of exercise, and likewise be terribly damaging and threatening.

When Wreiner Mandu entitled his play ‘Lovers Lava’, he might need been alluding to the kind of explosive relationships that populate the play he directed and produced with Igiza Gamers this previous weekend at Kenya Cultural Centre.

On the centre of these relationships is the play’s chief volcanic drive, Nawalovu (performed with ferocity by Suzanne Karani). She’s the founder-CEO of her personal media firm.

The corporate is seemingly so profitable (or she so financially well-to-do) that she will be able to rent the three jobless characters who occupy her home, specifically her lackluster husband Sobhuza (Jeff Obonyo), son Kecha (Shammah Nyagaka) and his spouse Azawi (Lisa Odhiambo).

It’s uncharacteristic of any media firm I do know, to rent workers who haven’t confirmed their abilities or proclivity towards media up to now. However Nawalovu apparently has her plan.

Nawalovu and Zenali in Lovers Lava at Kenya Cultural Centre on February 13, 2022. PHOTO | MARGARETTA WA GACHERU | NMG

She’s a lusty girl who’s first concern is to secretly fulfill that lust. She does so initially along with her Mkorino driver (Nyerere S.O.). Appearing like a sexual aggressor, she informs him of her want and plan to get him a flat the place they’ll secretly meet. He can hardly say no.

Later, she provides her latest rent, the tall, shiny, and good-looking Harvard grad, Zelani (Waya Maxwell) an analogous ultimatum. She even gives him the title of Basic Supervisor to lure him into her cougar lair.

However these are only a few of Nawalovu’s eruptive moments. Earlier than she reveals her sexual preferences, she performs the robust, autocratic CEO who momentarily makes her son the corporate’s GM and his spouse, a home assist slightly than the ‘content material creator’ she was presupposed to be.

Her relations along with her partner have been useless for a while so she treats him as worse than ineffective. However as she emphasizes to all three, she’s their sole supplier, feeding, clothes, and housing them, in order that they’d higher be grateful.

Kecia and Azawi by no means had a lot chemistry between them. In the event that they have been meant to be sweethearts as Awazi remembers once-upon-a-time, he will get a giant head as soon as his mum promotes him.

As soon as he accepts his mum’s new appointment, he begins lording over the home assist spouse. He even accepts his mother’s different plan that he divorces Azawi with fast impact and marry Zela (Sky Kapwe), Nawalovu’s different engaging new rent.

The actual explosions start to fly as soon as Zela will get bored along with her new partner Kecha and decides Zelani is a a lot finer catch.

It takes fairly a while on this slow-going play to succeed in this pivotal second when the warmth will get as much as a boil, and the lovers get scorching and bothered proper there on stage.

Each events are carelessly betraying their companions as Zela cheats on Kecha whereas Zelani doing the identical to Nawalovu. However as we beforehand famous, volcanic lava is uncontrollable as is the sensual gradual dancing of the elicit couple.

Forged of Lovers lava. PHOTO | MARGARETTA WA GACHERU | NMG

Naturally, the Grand Dame of Media exhibits up on the Membership the place Zela and Zelani have tossed their cares to the wind and show what’s between them for all, together with Nawalovu to plainly see. She’s shocked, in fact. However as soon as all of them get again to the workplace, she tries to re-seize management of the state of affairs. However she will be able to’t.

First, she sacks Zela however instructions Zelani to remain. He refuses and leaves along with his new girl. Kecha stands aghast as his second marriage is now shattered by his mum.

However then, essentially the most shocking eruption spills out as Sobhuza, the ‘ineffective’ husband publicizes he too is leaving, and with none aside from Azawi who’s pregnant by him. He’s simply gotten a brand new place with all of the perks included, despite his spouse’s negativity.

The twist in fact is that Azawi and Kecha had by no means had children, and Azawi had bewalen blamed for it. Even so, she’d remained loyal and supportive of Kecha when he was jobless and depressed, in contrast to Nawalovu’ss therapy of Sobuza when he had been in an analogous state of affairs.

In the end, it’s the ‘real love’ of Zela and Zelani in addition to Azawi and Sobuza that show to be the place the ‘lava’ comes from. Nawalovu’s immoral perspective lastly leaves her loveless and alone. The identical with Kecha who’d aligned himself along with his mum slightly than take his personal stand and be his personal particular person.

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