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Tropical Fish Play Gives A Voice To The Black African Single Woman

The play, Tropical Fish is an adaptation of an award-winning short story under the same title.

For the past few days it has been showing at Ndere Cultural Centre; and is set to start showing tomorrow Friday 22nd at Capitol Palace Hotel Naguru.

The play is a solo performance recounted by a 22-year-old single Ugandan lady as she sits in a bar.

Christine recalls her life journey and the power of her sexuality as she engages in an affair with an older white businessman in Kampala. What starts as a fun escape from her ordinary life, ends up as a painful experience and exploration of her worth as a woman, a black woman.

While appearing on RX Radio, a theatre actress and one of the directors of the play, Sarah Nansubuga, said that the purpose of the play is to give a voice to the African black single woman.

“From my experience in Uganda, there's a way the African tradition prohibits women from openly talking about some of their experiences that they have learnt, or been hurt from. So I am hoping that Tropical Fish gives women in Uganda a voice to accept themselves and be appreciated for just who they are,” she explained.

Tropical Fish was written by Doreen Baingana, directed by Mshai Mwangola and Sarah Nansubuga. It was produced by Tebere Arts Foundation’s Asiimwe Deborah Kawe and Kenneth Kimuli.

At Capitol Palace Hotel Naguru, the play is going to be shown on the 22nd, 23rd, 24th, 29th, 30th and 31st of October 2021. However, with the Covid 19 restrictions in place, only 20 people are allowed to physically attend each of the performances while others attend virtually.

Tickets for physical and virtual attendance are available at Ugx.30,000 only. For more information on how to buy a ticket, visit

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