Actor Thlupego Chisiza will enter 2013 with a leg injury after he fell from a man-made pyramid while acting in the play And Crocodiles are Hungry at Night.
The play was part of the performances organised by Nanzikambe Arts to end the year 2012.
Chisiza bruised his leg when he lost his balance while trying to get down from atop a pyramid formation made by his pals.
Luckily enough the accident happened at the end of the performance and Chisiza was taken to hospital after the show.
In a follow-up interview Monday morning, Nanzikambe project officer Misheck Mzumara said Chisiza was feeling better.
Chisiza, who was acting three roles in the play, fell down when he was acting his main role of a prisoner, Ian Mbale.
In the scene, the prisoners heard a sound of a vehicle signifying a visitor who had come to visit one of them. In an effort to put up a tall structure so that they could peep through the prison’s high windows, they took turns to climb on top of each other’s shoulders.
When it was Chisiza’s turn, he did the part very well but when climbing down, he fell down heavily and the wooden platform cracked and sucked his leg in.
Mzumara said Chisiza was taken to New Hope Private Hospital in Chilomoni, though not soon after the play as he had to beg to be taken to hospital while lamenting that he was in pain.
He was treated as an outpatient at the hospital.
Mzumara said Nanzikambe Arts has since settled the hospital bills on Chisiza’s behalf because he got injured while on duty and they will be checking on him until his condition normalises.
Chisiza was not available for his comment.
Nanzikambe started staging plays Wednesday evening through Sunday.
For the 18th and probably last time, Nanzikambe’s classic one-man act The Story of a Tiger was performed full of satirical insinuations and jokes of the country’s economic situation which left the audience rolling with laughter on Friday.
Then on Saturday, a nine-man cast played African Romeo and Juliet and amazed the audience with their Shakespearean English and incorporation of various languages including Chewa, Yao and Tumbuka as it performed the play for the third time at the Arts Café.
On Sunday, they staged the Mapanje memoir.