Too Early For birds back on stage due to public demand


Too Early For Birds

Creators of hugely popular historical theatre performance Too Early For Birds have bowed to pressure and decided to have an encore of Tom Mboya.

Tom Mboya received rave reviews and created an unprecedented online buzz with the public demand for an encore. The edition focused on the times, life and death of ThomasJoseph Mboya, simply known as Tom Mboya. Mboya was an important figure in Kenya’s quest for independence and played an important role in national politics soon after self-rule. He was assassinated in July 1968.

The organisers have announced that the second round of performance will be run between November 9amd 10 at Visa Oshwal Community Centre in Parklands, Nairobi. There will be two shows each day at 2.00 pm and 7.00 pm.

“Due to massive public demand, Too Early For Birds is bringing the 5th edition back on stage, directed by Mugambi Nthiga,” a statement sent to media read in part.

Too Early For Birds is a series of theatrical storytelling productions retelling stories from Kenyan history in a fresh, funky style and the lens of today’s young generation. Since 2017, they have narrated stories about Wangari Maathai, The Nyayo House Survivors, Zarina Patel, Timothy Njoya, Field Marshal Muthoni Wa Kirima, Otenyo Nyamatere, Syokimau, William McMillan, the resistance at Lumboka and Chetambe forts, Wanugu, Wacucu and Rasta, amongst many others.

The production grew from a collaboration between Owaahh (from the award-winning history blog: and two performing artists: Ngartia and Abu Sense. Executive Produced by Story Zetu, it has proceeded to sell out 14 of 20 stagings and redefined how to stage performances are packaged, marketed, and consumed.

Their latest show Tom Mboya tells the story of one of the country’s most illustrious luminaries, Thomas Joseph Odhiambo Mboya – known simply as Tom to those who adored him and TJ to those privileged enough to be close to him. He embodied a new generation of young, brilliant and driven Africans who were hell-bent on making the best out of freshly independent African nations. We grew up with this enigma hanging over our heads. Yet 50 years since two assassin bullets ended his life, no one has filled his shoes.

The play is written by Ngartia, Magunga Williams, Mercy Mbithe, Hellen Masido and Wanjiku Mwawuganga. The cast includes Abu Sense, Doanna Owanno, Elsaphan Njora, Shiviske Shivisi, Anubhav Garg, Pauline Kyalo, Junior Nyong’o, Chandni Vaya, Xavier Ywaya, Mercy Mutisya and Ngartia.

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