In Summary
  • History was written, and has been rewritten over the years, most times with a total disregard for the vast contributions made by women.
  • From this realisation, the third independent volume of TEFB this July will be an in depth celebration and homage to the women in history.
  • The crew will divulge stories of heroines in Kenyan history.

Too Early For Birds (TEFB) bases all its acts on people in Kenyan history who contributed greatly to the shaping of our country yet aren’t as celebrated as they ought to be. This month, the TEFB team is staging an all-women “Brazen Edition”. This will be the fifth edition which has been researched, written, acted and produced by women at the Kenya National Theatre (KNT).

History was written, and has been rewritten over the years, most times with a total disregard for the vast contributions made by women. These women are erased. These women are diminished. From this realisation, the third independent volume of TEFB this July will be an in depth celebration and homage to the women in history with an aim to unmask them.

Aleya Kassam, Anne Moraa and Laura Ekumbo are three brazen women who, in awe of the women who came before them, will walk the patrons through the portals of bygone eras to reveal the valiant efforts, successes and failures by and of women.

According to Kassam, when she first went to watch one of the TEFB shows, she wondered where the women were. She says it begged for a search, looking at herself as a woman in our history, and trying to see the world, and the place that women before her played in it.

CELEBRATING HEROINES

“We want to unmask the women whose victories have been hidden from us. We want everyone to see them in all their complexity and humanity. We want us, and every woman who comes after us, to know the magnificent shoulders that hold us up; to be able to breathe in their fury when we need to, to wrap their skin around us for courage and to invoke their fire to burn through us.”

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