Necessary Madness

Volume 15, Issue 3 | Published 05/02/2019  

Play Review by Stagelight

Hearts of Art were absolutely stunning and electrifying in the world premiere of Necessary Madness on September 7th, 8th and 9th at Braeburn Theatre and its second showing at the Kenya National Theatre on October 6th and 7th 2018.


With the deft penmanship of Walter Sitati and co-writer Eve Warui combined with the sublime direction of Caroline Odongo along with a first rate cast in industry veterans Peter Kawa, Ian Mbugua, Benson Ojuwa, Pauline Kyalo and Frazier Chilande, the play was superlatively performed to deliver a bitingly funny and soul-chilling tale on one of the most important themes in the country: the paralyzing corruption that grows like a weed feeding on shocking incompetence in leadership and a moral compass in the common citizen that is muddied and broken.

The story is told at three levels. On the one hand, there is the story of Lesedi, a fiercely determined, albeit self-righteous, community organizer who has given up her law career to create the vital link between the people and the local government. Having lost her mother owing in large part to the regrettable and lamentable infrastructural conditions in her town – the roads were too poor to allow a faster emergency ride to hospital and the hospitals too ill-equipped to offer emergency medicare – Lesedi believes the only way to improve the lives of the citizens is to channel the potential latent within the young generation towards community engagement and improvement.