BAREFEET Theatre will this weekend present its latest stage production at the Lusaka Playhouse.
‘Matilda’, an adaptation of Roald Dahl’s classic children’s book, will be told through Barefeet’s world of sound, song, dance, puppetry, circus and spectacle, all wrapped up with a Zambian Christmas message.
In a statement, Barefeet CEO Federica Malesardi said ‘Matilda’ has been specially adapted for the festive period by former artistic director Adam McGuigan, and addresses the challenges and triumphs that come from ‘being different’.
“We are also having our fundraising campaign at the moment. We are raising funds to allow vulnerable children to attend our show and enjoy the magic of the Barefeet Christmas Show. This will help them with build trust and hope in them,” she stated.
Founded by former street children in 2006, Barefeet Theatre uses play, creativity and empowerment to give vulnerable children in Zambia a chance at a better life. The NGO was establised as a response to the plight of young people living on the streets.
“Supporting Barefeet means supporting the most vulnerable children in Zambia,” stated Malesardi.
Barefeet has in the past presented a Zambian version of Charles Dickens’ ‘Oliver Twist’ and in 2015 staged ‘Miss Mathematics’, a theatrical partnership with pupils of Pestalozzi School in Lusaka set to the music of late US superstar Michael Jackson.
‘Matilda’ will play this evening, with a matinee and stage another performance tomorrow evening.