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55 Actors and Actresses drilled in Theatre and Film production skills

Written by  Esnath Kalawe

Lilongwe, December 18, 2017: Two expatriate trainers in Collaboration with National Theatre Association of Malawi and Actors Welfare Initiative (AWI) last Saturday drilled theatre and film makers on various aspects of film production during a function held at Madsoc Theatre in Lilongwe.

The one day training covered various topics on film production which included the use of voice, body space and how to develop a story just to mention a few.

In an interview with Malawi News Agency (Mana), Training Coordinator Isaac Mafuel said their aim was to drill actors and actresses on how best they could perform in theatre and film production at least once a month.

The idea came after noticing that most theatre performers lack knowledge on how best they can perform.

“We have plans to have these trainings once a month, the idea was developed after noticing that in Malawi there is knowledge deficiency about acting since we don’t have drama and film academies, hence the initiative,” Mafuel said.

According to Mafuel, the training was open for everyone, and was requesting every interested individual to participate for free, saying the intention is to train as many as possible.

“Our target is to train as many actors and actresses as possible, we want more people to benefit out of these trainings, hence we are requesting interested individuals to participate during the next session,” he said.

The next training will take place on 6th January 2018 to give chance for those who did not participate in the first training, according to Mafuel. He said most participants complained that time was too short which prompted the decision to organize another training soon.

“We had evaluation forms whereby every participant was asked to fill and answer questions, so results showed that everyone loved the training, their only complaint was time which they said was too short, hence the need for another training soon,” he said.

Renowned actress Flora Suya, one of the participants at the training said as an actress, she believed that artists should always learn new things.

Suya commended the idea for the training saying Malawians have talents in acting but they lack support therefore, welcomed the initiative.

“I make sure I grab any opportunity that arises where acting and film making are concerned.

Malawians have got skills but they cannot do without support, not only handouts but also patronizing shows and appreciating our talents,” she said.

She urged fellow participants to make sure they utilize the skills learnt during the trainings and promised never to miss any training session.

“Definitely I will not miss each and every session that will come ahead. With the knowledge I have learnt, I will move forward and it is a step to another level,” Suya said.

The training was organised by a joint task force of the Central Region Chapter of National Theatre of Malawi, Actors Welfare Initiative (Lilongwe based outfit) and was featured by Two expatriate trainers, Fiona Morell and Tony Smith, the Country Director of Theatre for Change and a Californian Film Major respectively.

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