Kamwe Kega (Play Review)

“Hi Lydiah have you watched Kamwe Kega?”

“Nope. Have you?”

“Not yet…”

“Ok. we are watching it today at 6:30pm no discussion.”

“Can we then push it to 8:00pm at least?”

“Fine. deal”

That’s the conversation that gets me to Alliance Francaise on Saturday 3rd September for Fanaka Arts theatre play ‘Kamwe Kega‘.

Directed by Lawrence Murage, the play sets with Mr Wanjohi. Mr Wanjohi(Robie Kinuthia) is an old man with a very deep dry cough. The kind of cough  you keep checking if the rib cage fell off with that last one. It sounds like  he swallowed a drum in his younger years  that is getting a thud from his liver every time he sips from one of his many bottles that are tucked in his wheelchair and wrapped in a black paper bag that we are sure it’s not water, juice or tea.

Mr Wanjohi  is currently enjoying life in his older days after reaping from a business he started with Kinyua his partner who passed on earlier. As a way of fulfilling his promise, he is in search of Kinyua’s only son Kang’ethe to share proceeds from the business.

All avenues are used in this search including placing an advert in the dailies.

The call is answered and ‘turia nime (eaters of where not planted-direct translation’ start arriving . The strangers arrive on Mr wanjohi’s granddaughter Deborah (Gathoni Njuguna) graduation party.

“Debo (pronounced Devo), umesoma kama mwanaume.”proclaims Boina(Nyce Wanjeri) the snoopy help.

First to respond to the call is Kang’ethe(Pablo Kimani) accompanied by his friend Warui(Lawrence Murage) who claims to be his lawyer at the mention of the amount of money to be awarded to Kang’ethe.

The plots get a twist when  Kuria and Kiarie (played again by Pablo Kimani) all arrive to claim a stake in the inheritance. Together with

Together with Nungari(Maryanne Nyambura) Wanjohi’s spinster sister preying on the young Kang’ethe and Kangethe’s wife  Abbih(Shii Kabaya) arrival in search of her husband, the play twists and turns all in the claim for the inheritance.

Boina and Warui end up teaming up and use their efforts each trying to get part of this inheritance. They use all means necessary including locking up and knocking a few of the claimants unconscious. “Nonginya

“Nonginya ngure ndege ya mbere gwitu nyahururu ” claims Boina. Translated to I have to buy the first aeroplane in Nyahururu

As it is custom with every celebration, there is a mad man.  King’ori wa King (Charles Maina) who executes this role perfectly brings in a whole lot of  humour in the few words and times he crosses the stage.”gavana tiungi no King’ori  wa King Kindu kiruru”. He also ends up with the inheritance money that is being carried in a briefcase by Gaitho (Duncan Mungai) Mr Wanjohi’s lawyer.

Double thumbs up on this one go to Pablo Kimani.  I do not imagine it was  easy pulling the three acts as effortlessly as you did.


I have an issue to pick however with the timekeepers. 8:00 pm on the ticket surely cannot be 8:55 pm in real time.

Twirute Gikuyu: Ciringi imurikagairia ingi


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