Too Early For Birds is back for its 5th edition, directed by Mugambi Nthiga. This edition will tell stories from the life and death of TOM MBOYA. There will be five shows between 5th October 2019 and 6th October 2019 at Visa Oshwal Community Center, Nairobi, Kenya.
Too Early For Birds is a series of theatrical storytelling productions retelling stories from Kenyan history in a fresh, funky style and from the lens of today’s young generation. Since 2017, they have narrated stories about Wangari Maathai, The Nyayo House Survivors, Zarina Patel, Timothy Njoya, Field Marshal Muthoni Wa Kirima, Otenyo Nyamatere, Syokimau, William McMillan, the resistance at Lumboka and Chetambe forts, Wanugu, Wacucu and Rasta, amongst many others.
The production grew from a collaboration between Owaahh (from the award-winning history blog: owaahh.com) and two performing artists: Ngartia and Abu Sense. Executive Produced by Story Zetu, it has proceeded to sell out 14 of 15 stagings and redefined how stage performances are packaged, marketed, and consumed.
As one of the country’s most illustrious luminaries, Thomas Joseph Odhiambo Mboya – known simply as Tom to those who adored him and TJ to those privileged enough to be close to him – was a rare phenomenon. He embodied a new generation of young, brilliant and driven Africans who were hell-bent on making the best out of freshly independent African nations. We grew up with this enigma hanging over our heads. Yet 50 years since two assassin bullets ended his life, no one has filled his shoes.
Now that they are in a position to do so, they would like to dig deeper and learn who this fast-rising star was. How did a boy from the labourer quarters of a colonial settler farm come to be friends with Kwame Nkrumah, Julius Nyerere, Martin Luther King, John F Kennedy… before he was 30 years old?! How did his initiatives, such as the airlifts that bequeathed us the likes of Wangari Maathai, Barack Obama, and Philip Ochieng, come to be?
They are exploring stories from Tom Mboya’s life… and death. The juicy, the astounding, the jarring, the tantalising stories as written by Ngartia, Magunga Williams, Mercy Mbithe, Hellen Masido and Wanjiku Mwawuganga.
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