Dario Fo erzählt mit irrwitzigem Humor von
einem verwundeten Soldaten, dem eine Tigerin Obdach gewährt und das Leben
rettet. In einer überragenden
Energieleistung und einer faszinierenden Körpersprache spielt Mbene Mbunga
Mwambene alle Figuren. Er ist Erzähler und Kommentator in Personalunion, er ist
Soldat und Tiger, er ist auf der fast leeren Bühne der Erschaffer einer ganzen
– gefährlichen wie absurden – Welt,
die den Betrachter restlos fesselt.
THE STORY OF THE TIGER-synopsis
The Story of the Tiger is an intense theater
Solo of 75 minutes. It is played by the 2013 LYCO BEST ACTOR, Mbene Mbunga
Mwambene and was directed by Thoko Kapiri. The idea to put this act into life
was orchestrated by Prof. Nix of Theatre Konstanz in Germany. The play is based
on the original book written by an Italian artist and writer Dario Fo. Thoko
kapiri creatively condensed the play into a form suitable to Malawian audience
so too the European and international spectators at large. Mbene Mbunga Mwambene
plays very physical and uses the artistic means of narrative theatre. He uses
nothing but language, speech and physical transformation to depict different
scenarios so too the different characters. He plays more than 10 characters.
story is such a sort that breeds humor but eventually develops into a depth of
both inevitable sad as well as happy emotions.The story begins with the
demonstration in Malawi and subsequently looting shops. The impetuses behind the
drive are the immediate feel of existential distress, lack of freedom,
corruption, police brutality; the economic deficiency and nepotism the people
live in. All donned in red, the demonstrations erupt. A protagonist is shot in
the leg and seeks refuge in the cave. Helplessly and lonely, he gets in the
hands of the predator; the tiger that symbolizes courage, strength, respect and
freedom of pain.
The play swings smoothly between dramatic and comic situations.
It travels from fear to intimacy, from intimacy to anger and disgust. The
relationship between the demonstrator and tigress evolves and the two of them
start to feel like a long married couple. At the same time the nostalgia and
hatred for the regime gains strength such that after having recovered completely
from injuries, the protagonist leaves the cave and the small tiger family. He
has changed in the time with the tigers. He returns with new courage and
determination to, with all force available, repel the oppressive regime.
At the very end, man and tigers wage war against the suppressors. We see
a realized utopia, socially and politically. Who has the tiger, has the power to
resist. The assertion comes strongly to the advantaged in the final part of the
play, as a politician who tries to manipulate people is forcefully driven out by
the people with the help of the tigers. The rebellious spirit has forged and
hardened. There is laughter.
The Story of the Tiger has so far
had more than 27 shows between 2012 and 2013 in Germany hosted by various
theaters namely Konstanz, Ulm, Aschaffenburg, Heilbronn, Singen,
Friedrichshafen, University of Konstanz, University of Alice Solomon, English
Theatre Berlin, Metropolis Expedition theatre, Global Engagement. The production
also featured at Mwezi Wawala International Arts Festival (twice), Blantyre Arts
Festival (twice) and Malawi Cultural Arts Festival, Felie Lorras Festival in
Belmullet and Galway Fringe Festival in Ireland and at Theatre Am Ortweinplatze
in Graz Austria.