DEVIL IN PARADISE – Stage Play By Sitwe Benson Mkandawile – Staged at Lusaka Play House in Zambia on 22 December 2011at 18:00hours

DEVIL IN PARADISE
A play written and directed
By Sitwe Benson Mkandawile
Assistant Director: Princes kamila Chileshe

CAST
1. The King (politician) – Edward Mulenga
2. The Religious Woman – Salome Sakala
3. The Medicine Man – Wasu David
4. The Wise Man – Sitwe Benson Mkandawire
5. Zika – Mzizi Samson Kantini
6. Mr. Kangiza – Ronald Kaunda
7. Mrs kangiza – Michell Banda
8. Miss Leya – Michell Junior
9. Mr. Bongo – Barrington Zulu
10. Mrs Bongo – Mirriam Chileshe
11. Miss Meka – Claudia Nkhata
12. The Girl – kisandi Chileshe
13. Mr. Hengali – Mubita Sikufele
14. Men and women of Limila Kingdom
SCENE ONE
The play start with a melancholy song by some selected members of the cast revealing what is happening in the society. The theatre is completely dark, curtains are closed and everything is happening in the dark.
Song
Imwe abale mvelani kulira kwathu, chalo chathu cabvuta x 2
Njala: Tayesayesa kufunafuna njila yosiliza Njala, Chalo cathu cabvuta.
Dama: Tayesayesa kufunafuna njila yosiliza Dama, Chalo cathu cabvuta.
Matenda: Tayesayesa kufunafuna njila yosiliza Matenda, Chalo cathu cabvuta.
Umfwiti: Tayesayesa kufunafuna njila yosiliza Umfwiti, Chalo cathu cabvuta.
Nkhongole: Tayesayesa kufunafuna njila yosiliza Nkhongole, Chalo cathu cabvuta.
The song is stopped by a ‘shut up’ voice by one of the cast memebers and talks begin revealing problems in the society.

MR KANGIZA
Shut uuuup!!!!!!! [LIGHTS ON], Wo, wo, wo, wo, yi yi, yi for what? You are just making noise when people are dying out there.
CAST
[Murmering and wondering what is the guy is trying to prove]
MR BONGO
Eeh! What are you doing?
CAST
Eeh! Who do you think you are?
MR BONGO
Are you one of them?
MR. KANGIZA
I am one of you.
MRS BONGO
But what are you doing, are you mad?
MR KANGIZA
Look!!! We all know we have challenges in the kingdom: people are dying, hunger, diseases, prostitution name it. We also know where all these are coming from.
CAST
Uhu!! eyah! that’s true
MR KANGIZA
Now, if it means demostrating or carrying out a revolution, lets do so secretly so that by the time we come out we are ready to fight otherwise the king will eat you alive……… if anything hung all of us!
CAST
We are ready to fight. Any time even now. its too much ……. [The talks are stopped by the coming in of the girl who is Calling for help. The cast on stage is quiet and are going to help the girl at once as others continue to talk].
THE GIRL
My mum is very sick
Who can help me ooooo
Please help my mother
Ye ye ye please oooo
My mother, my mother, help her, help!!!!!!
Ooooo please help

CAST
[Look at each other]
MISS MEKA
Let’s go and check on her mother.
CAST
Help who? Is she the only one with a problem?
MISS MEKA
Stop it! Let’s just go and help!
[As they are debating what to do, LIGHTS ARE OFF and every one agree OK LETS GO AND HELP! And they go off stage].

SCENE TWO
[The theatre is completely dark but there is a spot light on stage. The medicine man comes on stage with a lamp. He walks from one corner of the stage to another].
The Medicine Man
Women and time! They will never be on time. She said she would be here at exactly this time. Where is she?
The Religious Woman
Don’t say women and time! Why do you love smearing the rubbish of one woman on all women as if they are all here?
The Medicine man
Oh yes! The behaviour of women is just the same. Just mention one man who does not complain about their spouses’ inability to keep time. Just give yourself time to reflect about it.
The Religious Woman
I can’t give myself time to meditate upon such nuisance and prejudice. In fact you men watch out what you spit to women. We carried you in our womb for nine months. Our belly shaped you. You ate our flesh and drunk our blood. And some of you even took longer.
THE MEDICINE MAN
Was I called here to be tutored about conception, the longevity of pregnancies, child bearing and rearing?
The Religious Woman
No for you it’s too much. A small mistake by one woman its all women. Learn to respect women sometimes.
The Medicine Man
Sometimes Indeed!
The Religious Woman
I warn you! Don’t be funny Mr Medicine Man.
The Medicine Man
Oooh! You want me to be funny. Is this what this temper is about? Ah! I have an idea. Let me just touch them.
The Religious Woman
Touch what?
The Medicine man
Your nice round breasts only sucked by priests.
The Religious Woman
What troubles you ayyi? Everytime we meet you think of my skirt and my breasts?
The Medicine Man:
Yeees! Just look at your temper. It is psychological. Look it’s just the two of us. Can’t we think of something constructive for once?
The Religious Woman
[just look at him as he speak]
The medicine man
Say something! ….. Ok. If you have nothing better to offer here and now, I have no time to waste. I have already given you the attention you deeply desire.
The Religious Woman
Yes I desire attention but not for my breasts.
Now listen Mr. Medicine man; I called you here because the kingdom is in danger and no one is ready to listen to the cry of the people.
The Medicine Man
Woman! Who doesn’t know that there is turbulence in the air
The Religious Woman
Don’t say woman Mr. Medicine man. This is a serious matter because the king himself is involved. People suffering, dying, hunger and everything that is happening.
THE MEDICINE MAN
Eh, eh, eh!……
THE RELIGIOUS WOMAN
Yes. I heard Mr. Intellectual the so called Wiseman discussing with the king to bring in a wrong solution man leaving the real solution to the problems.
THE MEDICINE MAN
Why would the king do that?
THE RELIGIOUS WOMAN
He is receiving things or loyalties from the problem source.
THE MEDICINE MAN
Woman, are you aware that accusing the king of such gross misconduct is equivalent to treason. If he hears this nonsense, he will eat you alive. Death by hanging or worse still set you on fire and then no worms will feast on you. Woman!
THE RELIGIOUS MAN
Don’t say woman. I am a religious woman and I should tell you the truth. Our people are suffering out there, dying of hunger, diseases, poverty name it.
THE MEDICINE MAN
I can’t imagine what he will do to us once he know this and in fact I am out of here … [trying to walk away]

THE RELIGIOUS WOMAN
What ever I have told you here is the truth.
THE MEDICINE MAN
Even if that was the truth, which villager in this kingdom would believe that? And worse still take action against the king. Just shut up woman. He will eat you alive!
The Religious Woman
This plan to lie that he has found the solution man can’t work. People will not wait for another day.
The Medicine Man
Ok look woman! The king is a wise man ordained by Gods. Am sure he has considered the size of his anus before swallowing this udala seed you are talking about. If you would excuse me now… (Medicine man leaves the woman on stage as he chants something casting a spell in the air and leaving without looking back. The religious woman watch him off stage and she says)
The Religious Woman
The Odula seed is big this time. His thing will bust.
Yeh! Men…. The advice of a woman is of little value, but foolish is he who does not take it. Just watch. (looking straight at the door used by the Medicine man and she also uses another door AND LIGHTS COMPLETELY GO OFF).

SCENE THREE
[The cast comes on stage discussing issues in the community starting with the girls mother as LIGHTS SWITCH ON].
Mrs Bongo
[Holding the Girl as they come on stage].
You mother will be ok just cool down.
MISS LEYA
How can she be ok when the hospitals have no medicine and she waited at the clinic for four hours just waiting to the scene by a doctor?
MR. BONGO
Ok the situation is just bad. Even in streets children keep on increasing every day and the number of thieves and prostitutes are increasing every day.
MR HENGELI
The situation is the same with school. My daughter says there is one teacher from grade one to seven at Kalopapa school. They are building more clinics, hospitals and schools but without doctors, nurses and above all proper medicines.
MR. KANGIZA
Yes, and in schools there are no books and what they learn is useless – doesn’t carry water just preparing them to be on the street.
[Free improvisation by cast. They are joined by ZIKA]
Can I have your attention please. These problems are too much now and if we are not careful, all of us will die just like that one by one.
Our society is in shit
Our families eats not
Our parents are in disarray

Our sisters messy in street
Parading in style fashioned skirts
Rolling with men at will
Calling them names to seal

Our brothers are homeless
And we are all in total mess
Dying every day in numbers.

Should we wait for someone to come and solve our problems?
CAST
No!
ZIKA
Abash poverty?
CAST
Abash!
ZIKA
Abash diseases
CAST
Abash!
ZIKA
Abash corruption
CAST
Abash!
ZIKA
Viva solidarity
CAST
Viva!
ZIKA
Members of Limila Kingdom. Our King is corrupt.
CAST
Oh no! uuh! Yeh!
ZIKA
Oh yes. I head kings men discussing the plans by the king to bring to us a fake solution man.
CAST
Oh no! uuh! Yeh!
MISS LEYA
You are putting us in trouble. If the king hear that he will eat you alive
CAST
Throw staff on her [Saying you work for him]
MISS LEYA
No, no, no stop. I am with you. Lets demonstrate.
CAST
Yeeees
KANGIZA
Viva demonstration
CAST
Viva
KANGIZA
Do you want the king to solve our problems
CAST
No.
ZIKA
Ok, ok, ok, I propose we find our own solution to address our problems.
CAST
Yes. Viva, viva. [drums start beating as others shout lets go road side while dancing. A drama song comes and they start dancing celebrating the demonstration – LIGHTS OFF].

SCENE FOUR
[LIGHTS ARE ON – The king and the Wiseman go on stage. The wise man informs the king]
THE WISE MAN
Your highness, the people are demonstrating through out the community and right now they are threatening to come here.
THE KING
Coming here where? I gave you direct and specific orders to stop those people.
THE WISEMAN
The soldiers have been fighting with them for sometime now.
THE KING
I said stop them and not fighting.
THE WISEMAN
That’s what they are doing your highness.
THE KING
I said use the spears, bowls and arrows without hesitation and care. That’s your job. Those, those things should not step a foot on this palace.
[Two soldiers come in]
SOLDIER ONE
Your highness, sorry, our spears are finished.
SOLDIER TWO
Our store room is completely empty your highness.
[the religious lady and the medicine also joins.]
THE KING
What about muzzle loaders, I mean those traditional guns we have and we have gun powder in abundance. Don’t give me any excuse!
THE RELIGIOUS LADY
That’s just a peaceful demonstration and we cannot use spears and guns. Your highness. May be you should consider the alternative.
THE KING
What alternative religious woman! What do you know about security and fighting.
THE MEDICINE MAN
Your highness, All our soldiers are retreating and the pressure is increasing.
THE RELIGIOUS LADY
May be we allow them to come here and you address them your highness.
THE KING [the king stands]
You people are not doing your jobs. I will fire all of you especially you and appoint my wife. After all she has been with me for so long and she has gained a lot of experience.
THE WISEMAN [Takes the king at the corner]
Your highness, the people are merely advising you on the right thing to do.
THE KING [WHISPERS]
They are undermining my authority and just finish resources of the kingdom.
THE WISEMAN
The pressure is too much from the people we should allow them to come here now your highness or they might force themselves here.
THE KING
[Looks at each one of his men and keeps quiet as he moves stage left and right and LIGHTS ARE OFF]

SCENE FIVE
[The king and the cast confrontation plus drama dance to end the play. The cast is sited before the king].
THE RELIGIOUS LADY
Members of limila kingdom, I only speak what the gods and goddesses have spoken. Whatever problem we face in life, it has a reference point. There will be a point that you will make reference to. Today, our kingdom is making that reference point.

CAST
Yes, yes, great, [agree]
THE MEDICINE MAN
My king, as I stand here, instability and indecisiveness has taken me into the valley of ambivalence. Am saying so because my king, if you do not put this situation to an abrupt end, you will soon be standing between the den of the lion and the bottomless pit. I propose with strongest conviction that you should not allow these chaps filled with unsaciable appetite for power to dose you with their cheap advice of removing you from the thrown. You are the best. Wamuyayaya!
CAST
Massive disaproval – awe, atase, just sit down if you have nothing to say [bitter]
THE INTELLECTUAL (THE WISEMAN)
Limila kingdom was belt on principles. We have existed for many years with our ideals, good morals and cooperation; free of hunger, free of diseases and above all, free of poverty. But today, all these ideals are being challenged and I ask each one of us to be strong.
CAST
Yes, uhu, [agree]
THE KING
Fellow men and women of Limila kingdom, we all know the reasons why we are gathered here. Our community is struck with calamities; hunger, diseases, lack of water and generally, economic crisis. I constituted a team to look into this matter and the solution to all our problems is on the way as I speak. The solution which is coming is right in my heart and I am the solution.
CAST
no, awe, kulibe
[they all show disagreement]
KING
Listen! Stop making noise, let me say something!
CAST
Owe, no, forsek
THE KING
I am your king and the solution man. I order you to stop now!!!!

CAST
Awe, no, get out, viva

ZIKA
[stand, interrupts and says]

I am the solution man

CAST
Awe, no.

ZIKA
We are the solution ourselves

CAST
Yeeeees,

ZIKA
We are?

CAST
Not Fools
ZIKA
We are?

CAST
Not Fools

ZIKA
We are not fools.

Ms Religious Woman
What peace do you preach?
Mr Intellectual
What Diplomacy do you teach?
Mr Medicine Man
What cure do you procure?
Mr Politician
Watch your speech!

They united in Berlin
Down they came in sheep skin
To kill spill African blood;

They united in New England town
Off they went to truck them down
To kill spill red Indian blood;

They united in Washington DC
Declared a death decree
To kill spill Aborigine blood.

Jesus Christ, they killed
Marcus Garvey, they killed
Martin Luther King, they killed
Michael Smith, Tubal Uriah Butler, Etheline Roberts,
Sojourner Truth, Harriet Tubman, Che Guevara,
Haille Selaise, Nzinga, Samori Ture, Shaka,
Patrice Lumumba, Steve Biko,
Bob Marley, they killed
Culture, they killed
Lucky Dube, yes they still killed!
While we stand aside and look!

Old tricky tool of divide and rule
Perpetrated by political prostitutes and destitutes
Who always oppose but barely propose them we must depose
Crowning surrogates for neo-colonial population boom
Making more markets for more caskets and gloom
Licensing night clubs, pubs and sex hotels
Making brothels out of public motels
Sex mercenary squads masked in youth, cultural and scholarly programmes
Gunning down militant African collegiate with doldrums
For how long shall you break your shrine drums?

Ms Religious Woman
You got a book and left a gun
You closed your eyes and lost the land
You suck your brother behind the alter
Tying your kids with orphanage halter
And you cheat mistreat your people
Ploughing money in pulpit plates
Yet poverty remains in their gates
Indeed, a cheer giver a believer in need
What peace do you preach?
You are nothing but a bloody leech!

Mr intellectual
Your brains are ineffectual
Can’t think beyond the white paper
Your head is full vapour
Can’t reason reasonably in our torrid zones
Caged bird headed for cold zones
Caught up in a virus mental web
Your originality about to completely ebb
What diplomacy do you know?
You are nothing but a miseducated whole!

Mr Politician
Yes you demon class magician
Watch your speech full of inferior sense of moral code
Always putting us in the cold
Setting African man against his fellow man
Inciting murders and acquitting criminals
This battle is not of character assassination and assassination of character
Your little head is combated in long term projections you can’t see
Beyond a year your budget cannot be laid
T’s full of money inducements you call it aid
Then why can’t you use it as you wish
Yet that is your favourite dish
Why watch not your speech
Digging a deep ditch
Mr Politician
Mr Medicine Man
A chemical weapon now sent out for all
In fast food supplies and the GMO
Soft drinks and lethal alcohol
Tujili-jili for one who can’t afford a brawl
Enough vitamin A we have in non-vegetable
Fortified foods what are they for

No medicines in the hospital
Just venomous vaccines free for all
Virus laced birth control pills
What went wrong with our natural birth control skills?

Contaminated condoms orchestrated everywhere
Adultery is no more sin once a condom you wear
Everywhere are covert clinics and hospitals
Yet disease still put us on the toes

The delivery moment is now critical
Women bellies busted before nightfall
Falling from beds so tall
Scissorian births on the whole
Deformed babies on the overall
That is the antenatal
Paid not to bring black babies on this world to crawl
But terminate and eliminate them once and for all
This is a war

This war is not a war
Of treasons and prisons, schools and fools
This war is not a war
Of multipartite and NGOs, donors and honours
Because this war is but a war
Of unity and trinity
Of going back to cultural virtues and natural victuals

This war is a long term operation blue print
Marking every African footprint
With slow killing poisons, fertility destroyers
Cancers, rumours and tumours, heart disease and TBs
Swine flu, bird flu
We are, not a fools

We are?

CAST
Not fools.
[The cast is free again]

THE KING
[Orders the soldiers to arrest him]
Arrest him now – and death by hanging
[soldiers want to go and arrest him but the people stand to protect zika at the same time]
THE KING
Arrest him now!
THE SOLDIERS
Attempt to arrest Zika
ZIKA
shouts!
We are?
CAST
Not Fools
THE KING
I said arrest him
SOLDIERS
[Advance to Zika]

ZIKA
[Shouts] We are?
CAST
Not Fools
[The soldiers attack Zika and the cast beat both the soldiers and the king. In the process of FIGHTING BETWEEN KINGSMEN AND THE CAST, LIGHTS GO OFF]

SCENE SIX
[Interior monologue by the king. He is walking stage left, stage right time and again as the voice is heard through the PA SYSTEM and the music voice fades together with the lights go off ].
TIGHT LIP ENDING
End of the play

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About Sitwe

Sitwe Benson is a citizen of the world based in Zambia. He is never alone.
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