Maisha calls screenwriters, hosts live ‘Tropical Fish’ show

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The open reading area in the middle of Maisha gardens

Maisha Moto will tomorrow, Saturday May 20, showcase a live theatre adaptation of a famous book ‘Tropical Fish’ from 3PM – 6.30 PM at Maisha Garden located in Buziga, Kampala.

“If you loved listening to Doreen Baingana speak about her book ‘Tropical Fish’ at Maisha Moto last year, you won’t want to miss its live theatre adaptation next week on,” the organisation founded by Hollywood director, Mira Nair, said in a statement.

Adapted for the stage by the book’s author, Doreen Baingana, and featuring the one-woman show: Rehema Nanfuka, the production explores issues of Ugandan womanhood and identity.

This will be the first time this show is being performed outdoors in the idyllic Maisha Garden.

“Come join us at Maisha Garden as we share and celebrate in this beautiful remaster of a celebrated piece of Ugandan literature,” Maisha statement further reads.

The entrance fee is at Shs 20,000. Fajitas and fruit juice will be on sale.

Doreen Baingana at Maisha gardens during the reading of her book

Call for screenwriters

Meanwhile, Stichting DOEN will – for the third year – be funding the 2017 series of Screenwriting Labs in East Africa spearheaded by  Fibby Kioria, the Program Director Maisha Foundation.

Maisha will have 4 annual 8-day intensive programs in each of Maisha’s target countries (Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, and Uganda).

Fifteen scholarships will be awarded in each country.

In 8 days, the 60 selected participants (15 in each country) will work with internationally renowned mentors to refine their work and broaden their horizons on the film business and the art of film-making.

The winning script will receive a grant of $ 5,000 to produce their short film.

Fibby Kioria, the Program Director Maisha Foundation at Freedom Park Lagos Island in 2014

The submission deadlines and lab dates for all of target countries are as follows: Zanzibar Screenwriting Lab –submission deadline – May 31st, 2017 and result date – June 21st, 2017 while screenwriting Lab Dates are from July 5th – June 12th, 2017.

Kenya Screenwriting Lab –submission deadline – May 31st, 2017; result date – June 21st, 2017 and screenwriting Lab Dates – July 19th – July 26th, 2017.

Rwanda Screenwriting Lab –submission deadline – May 31st, 2017; result date – July 15th, 2017and screenwriting Lab Dates – August 9th – August 16th, 2017.

Uganda Screenwriting Lab –submission deadline – June 30th, 2017; result date – August 1st, 2017 and screenwriting Lab Dates – August 21st – August 28th, 2017.