Mental Health play – The Manic Monologues premieres in Kenya at the Signature Auditorium, Westlands, Nairobi on 5th October 2022. This premiere is part of The Manic Monologues’ world tour and its very first show in Africa. According to the organizers, wellness company, Just Jhoom! Kenya, the play features true mental health and illness stories and will be available till 8th October 2022.
Without a doubt, Mental health is a pandemic that affects everyone around the world. Through this play, The Manic Monologues hopes to elevate the mental health conversation. Originally written by Dr. Zachary Burton of Stanford, the play has been shown in Los Angeles, Iowa, Florida, and Stanford University. Additionally, it also has features in The Washington Post, NPR, iHeart Radio, Psychology Today, and Broadway World.
The Manic Monologues In Kenya
Currently, the script is being adapted for the Kenyan audience through new monologues written by Kenyan writers. Just Jhoom! Kenya, led by best-selling author and mental health commentator Shalini Bhalla-Lucas, is producing the Kenyan version of The Manic Monologues.
Over the years, Shalini has been promoting mental health and wellness conversations and practices. “I am passionate about mental health having been hospitalized with clinical depression and been suicidal myself. I know how important it is to talk about mental health, to be seen and to be heard when you really feel you can’t go on. I hope The Manic Monologues will really push the conversation forward.” Says Shalini.
The Manic Monologues in Nairobi will be directed by seasoned actor, director, and writer Mugambi Nthiga (Nairobi Half Life and Two Early For Birds: Mboya). It also boasts of a stellar cast of celebrated Kenyan actors namely Nyokabi Macharia (Country Queen), Charles Ouda (How To Have An Affair: A Cheater’s Guide), Wakio Mzenge (County 49), Nick Ndeda (18 hours), Elsaphan Njora (Kati Kati), Vikash Pattni (Crime and Justice), Auudi Rowa (Salem) and Julisa Rowe (Spread Your Garment Over Me).
“I am really privileged to be part of The Manic Monologues because I believe that we need to have more conversations about mental health illness. Also, the cast taking part in this hugely important piece of work is so talented. Everyone should see this play.” Nick Ndeda (Actor).
Prometheus Kenya will provide free counseling and therapy to the cast and crew during rehearsals and performances. Tickets to the play are available on Kenyabuzz.