We call it Love, a unique theatre production, recently held its first English premiere at the Kigali Public Library.
Directed by Denis Mpunga, the originally French theatrical presentation, staged by Rwanda’s Ishyo Arts Centre in co-production with France’s ‘le Theatre de la Poudrerie’ has a small cast led by Carole Karemera, as Isaro, Michael Sengazi as Faustin and Hervé Twahirwa, who works on sound production, and also features in the play.
Based on a true story, the 54-minute play revolves around a woman and her son’s murderer, and questions the concepts of forgiveness and reconciliation.
Isaro is grieving for her son and seeks answers from Faustin, a perpetrator, who killed Albert, her son.
The production moves interchangeably between the past and the present.
The stage is split into two to add to the intimacy of the setting as only a maximum 200 people can be seated.
The play also explores the link between the physical world and the spiritual world.
We Call it Love depicts real-life situations which have and are still reflected among Rwandans as the country embarks on its healing journey of unity and reconciliation.