African streaming service Showmax has announced its next original series in Kenya, Single-ish, a drama series adapted from the hit South African series Unmarried.
The series is a 13-part drama showpiece that will premiere on the platform on 20 January 2022. Single-ish becomes the second Showmax Original series in Kenya after the Kalasha-nominated hit police procedural and legal drama Crime and Justice, and the streamer’s third Original title in the country following the recent launch of the Showmax Original film Baba Twins.
Single-ish follows the lives of three women in Nairobi – Sintamei, Mariah and Rebecca as they navigate marriage, relationships and their careers. It also explores the strong bond of friendship that these women share, knowing that even when the world crumbles around them, they will always have each other.
The career woman, the slay queen and the housewife
Gathoni Mutua plays the overachieving, career-focused Sintamei, a brilliant lawyer who is on track to making partner in a prestigious law firm. She has been happily married for 10 years to the man of her dreams. She has a life any woman would dream of but at a closer look, it may not be.
Minne Kariuki plays Mariah, a sassy woman with a taste for the finer things in life, who uses her looks to get whatever she wants. She pretends to afford a lavish lifestyle and flaunts it all on social media because she wants to keep up with the trends.
Faith Kibathi plays the humble and down-to-earth Rebecca, a housewife and a mother of two who has lived with her high school sweetheart for nine years despite not being officially married.
Single-ish also stars Brian Abajah (Sincerely Daisy), Michael Munyoki (A Grand Little Lie), Lucarelli Onyango (Crime and Justice), Mburu Kimani (Nairobi Half-Life), Lenana Kariba (Selina), Dora Nyaboke (Crime and Justice) and Jacky Kaboi (Bait).
Members of the cast have commended the series stating that it captures the struggles of modern women and it’s very relatable and has a touch of the actual dating experiences in Nairobi. It also shows the beauty of reliable female friendship especially when things get bad.
Single-ish is produced by Insignia Productions, the studio behind popular shows Changing Times and New Beginnings, with Insignia’s duo Philippe Bresson and Grace Kahaki co-directing alongside Robby Bresson (Simiyu Samurai).
“I think for the first time we are able to depict real life in an unfiltered way. To me this is real film making, when you are able to tell the story as it should be, so even as the viewer watches it, they will be surprised, shocked and will fall in love with how we tell the story. I don’t think there’s been any other show that has pushed the boundary in terms of women’s issues as we have,”Philippe Bresson
Showmax, a video-on-demand (VoD) service is a part of the MultiChoice Group, Africa’s leading entertainment company.
Showmax launched its first-ever Nigerian Original early last year starring BBNaija Season 5 winner, Laycon in the I am Laycon series.
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