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Livestreamed on this page Wednesday 15 December to Friday 17 December 2021.

Kampala, Uganda
Wednesday 15 December to Friday 17 December 2021

Kampala International Theatre Festival

Performances of The 40th Man or the 28th Woman (Iran), Killing Time (Uganda), and panel discussion on artist-centered networks

Wednesday 15 December to Friday 17 December 2021

The Kampala International Theatre Festival (KITF) in Uganda is an annual five-day festival. KITF was launched in November 2014 as a platform to develop professionalism among East African theatre practitioners, connect the East African theatremaking communities with one another and their counterparts from elsewhere, broaden access to theatre and develop new audiences by supporting and facilitating the creation and presentation of the best and relevant theatre productions.

The annual festival is co-curated by former Sundance Institute Theatre Program staff member and current artistic director of Tebere Arts Foundation Asiimwe Deborah Kawe and Artistic Director of Bayimba Cultural Foundation, Faisal Kiwewa.

Livestreaming on HowlRound Theatre Commons will be a small selection of the larger festival. To see the archive of the 2021 festival, visit the The Kampala International Theatre Festival website.

Livestreaming Schedule

Wednesday 15 December 2021

poster for the show 40th man.

Performance of The 40th Man or the 28th Woman (Iran) by Saeb Mir
9 a.m. PST (Los Angeles, UTC -8) / 12 p.m. EST (New York, UTC -5) / 17:00 GMT (London, UTC +0) / 18:00 CET/WAT (Berlin/Lagos UTC +1) / 20:00 EAT (Kampala, UTC +3)

The play tells the story of an unspecified area where twenty-seven women and thirty-nine men live. Everything is fine at first, but one day a disease enters the village that kills all the men in a few days. We hear the story of this village and what happened in that village from the language of the last man alive who dies in a few minutes.

The village is overwhelmed with fear and all the women in the village are afraid of losing their offspring. This man has a pregnant woman and this woman is the only hope for this village. All the women in the village are waiting to see whether it’s a boy or girl. Forty men or twenty eight women!?

The baby is born, it is a boy. But this is not the end of the story. Women are faced with something they didn't even think about...

Artist Bio
Saeb Mir, born 23 October 1991 in Iran. Writer and director of theatre, who began his career as an actor since the beginning of his career and continued as a writer and director. During his career, he has authored ten plays, of which seven have been performed. He gained his first directorial experience in 2012 year when he won the best Iranian director's award of the same year. In addition to attending the Fajr Theater Festival three times, winning an International Competition, and receiving the award for Best Director and Best writer for the Short Theater Festival, he also won an Iranian Monologue Festival. Featured by critics of the Fajr Provincial Festival Selection, the best stage design from this festival is another part of his awards. He also won his first international appearance at the Ukraine Art Festival, which had its tenth season in the city of St. Petersburg, winning him the prize for best theater of the festival, making him the first Iranian to participate in the festival. His most recent writing these days is trying to attend various international festivals.



Thursday 16 December 2021

Panel discussion about artist-centered organizations and networks
9 a.m. PST (Los Angeles, UTC -8) / 12 p.m. EST (New York, UTC -5) / 17:00 GMT (London, UTC +0) / 18:00 CET/WAT (Berlin/Lagos UTC +1) / 20:00 EAT (Kampala, UTC +3)

Discussing arts and cultural networks and organizations that are transparent and artist centered: Where does one start from and where have the arts and cultural organizations succeeded or failed in supporting their constituencies? Do these arts or cultural organizations or networks need to be accountable? How can the relationship be mutually beneficial and in what ways?

Panelist: Dr. Charles Mulekwa, Elizabeth Mbabazi, Charles Batambuze. Moderator: Goretti Kyomuhendo.



Friday 17 December 2021

poster for the show Killing Time.

Performance of Killing Time (Uganda) by Aganza Kisaka
9 a.m. PST (Los Angeles, UTC -8) / 12 p.m. EST (New York, UTC -5) / 17:00 GMT (London, UTC +0) / 18:00 CET/WAT (Berlin/Lagos UTC +1) / 20:00 EAT (Kampala, UTC +3)

Killing Time is a satire about the pursuit of a good life and happiness. Told from the point of view of two men stuck in a village who are plotting to migrate to the capital city in search of better opportunities. The play is driven by a two person cast which plays multiple characters, switching between characters and costumes at a fluid pace. While set in Uganda, this play describes a reality that is true for most African countries and even beyond.

Artist Bio
Aganza Kisaka is a Ugandan playwright, director, theatre producer and award-winning actress. She has participated in various capacities in films, theatre works and performance programs in Uganda and abroad. She is a published author. Her poetry and short stories can viewed in anthologies or children’s literature respectively. Her short story, “Operation: Mother’s Bruises” about depression was published in The Different Shades of the Feminine Mind (2017) as part of the Afriwowri Literary Project.

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