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Theatre in the Park reopens with play ‘Mwana Wa….’

"Mwana wa..." as Theatre in the Park reopens

Rooftop Promotions administered performance hub; Theatre in the Park is back on track with its finely produced theatrical productions. After a long break necessitated by the novel coronavirus, gatherings had been banned and that saw the institution only targeting online audiences through virtual events live-streamed. However, the first offering in theatre will be coming from the 2nd to the 4th of June 2021 next week at the same venue. The show will allow very limited live audiences as a way to abide by the COVID-19 regulations while also live streaming on the institutional online platforms.

The play highlights the issues in an artisanal mining community while also exposing the inferior social position women occupy. It features Nomalanga who represents a business-oriented woman running a bottle store and bold enough to be refusing to be taken advantage of by cunning men. The piece reinforces the belief that people have the power to exploit their resources and it also demonstrates the influence political heavyweights have in these mining activities. Mwana Wa… dignifies the tradition of inheritance of the natural resources (minerals) from the ancestors. The production features popular faces like Ratidzo Eunice Tava, Stewart Sakarombe, Tafadzwa Hananda, Taurai Kawara, and others.

In fact, the play also calls for the general public to take responsibility and make sure that resources are well managed.

According to the producer Daves Guzha, it was high time Zimbabweans have been starving without places to go for entertainment with their families in the midst of the global COVID-19 pandemic. In a statement, Rooftop Promotions programs manager Passmore Ndlovu says the institution has more productions coming up. Since its establishment more than a decade ago, Theatre in the Park has had numerous plays scrutinizing different issues while also providing a platform for dialogue to the general public in Harare and other areas. With the high penetration of the internet, the theatre expanded earning a wide reach through live streaming on social media platforms like Facebook and YouTube.

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