Friday, March 20, 2015

"All is not what it seems" with playwright, JC NIALA (Kenya)

How were you contacted to participate?
I was contacted to contribute through The Theatre Company in Nairobi, Kenya.

Who is your greatest writing influence?
My greatest writing influences are the magical realists who thankfully remind us all is not what it seems. 

What makes a great play in your country?
In Kenya, the populist plays make people laugh and the profound plays make people think. Both types of plays are considered great if they speak to the essence of how Kenyans see themselves.

How do you wake up?
I wake up at 4am full of excitement and anticipation to get to my writing desk and the to watch the sunrise. 

JC Niala (Kenya) is an award-winning playwright whose plays have been performed and aired on radio in Kenya and the UK. Her play The Strong Room was shortlisted by Wole Soyinka in BBA Africa Performance 2010. She is also a producer and founder of KikoPro. KikoPro specializes in publishing diverse Children's Books and Adult Non Fiction Books. 

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