An inspiring story behind The Kenyan Opera, Ondieki The Fisherman 20th to 22nd April

Posted on April 15th, 2012
Categories: News

The Kenyan Opera, Ondieki The Fisherman, was written 40 years ago by an English teacher known as Francis Chandler who taught at the Limuru Girls’ High School (LGS) in the early seventies. This he did in the behest of the headmistress, Mary Ambrose, who was keen to do a special performance at the school’s 50th anniversary celebrations where the then president of Kenya, Mzee Jomo Kenyatta was to preside as chief guest. A new theatre and Assembly Hall had been built and he was requested to produce a performance of the Opera at the grand opening

The Opera Ondieki the Fisherman was an inspiration from an essay written for him by one of his student at Limuru Girls High School, Sarah Alai. The crux of her tragic tale was a local fisherman living in the village of Bandari on the shores of Lake Victoria. Ondieki was an utter fool who believed that catching any fish was purely shauri ya Mungu (God’s Business) and mending his nets didn’t matter. He was abusive and unkind to his lovely harmless wife Mariamu. As fate would have it he was dragged down in the lake by his own un mended nets and drowned.

Braeburn Theatre, Gitanga Road, Lavington – from 20 – 22 April 2012.

Performance details:

Friday 20 April    Gala Night 7pm    Tickets: Ksh2,000/-
Saturday 21 April    3pm (Ksh500/-) & 7pm (Ksh1,000/-)
Sunday 22 April      3pm (Ksh1,000/-)

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