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Two local plays go on national tour as part of cultural decentralisation
08/12/2015 00:00:00
by Showbiz Reporter
Wrote the Water Games ... Christopher Mlalazi

TWO local theatre productions are set to go on a national tour under the Nhimbe Trust Cultural Decentralisation programme.

The two plays are ‘Water Games’ by Jens Vilela Neumann and ‘The Taking’ by Raisedon Baya and Memory Kumbota.

Both plays will be performed in Bulawayo, Harare, Masvingo, Gweru and Mutare starting this December into early 2016.

The tours will start with a staging of ‘The Taking’ at Bulawayo Theatre on the 11 December at 6pm.

"The aim of the Cultural Decentralisation National Theatre Tour is to support the craft of both emerging and established writers in service of our commitment to developing new work and audiences for the Zimbabwean theatre.

"The purpose and power of the theatrical event has always been to come together in the theatre and discover a new understanding of ourselves," said Ronald Moyo, Communications manager at Nhimbe Trust.

‘The Taking’ explores complex issues surrounding the land issue in Zimbabwe.

It was written by Baya and directed by Kumbota.

The play opened Zimbabwe’s 2015 Theatre calendar at Bulawayo Theatre. ‘The Taking’ is presented in a crisp, assured style that shows a remarkable regard for detail and ideas by both the writer and the director.

It features are Zenzo Nyathi, Gift Chakuvinga, Aleck Zulu, Elton Sibanda and Musa Sibanda.

‘Water Games’ is written by Christopher Mlalazi and directed by Jens Vilela Neumann and is a re-titled adaptation of Henrik Ibsen’s play, an Enemy Of The People.

The central theme in Water Games is a looming health hazard facing an unnamed city where a dam that supplies drinking water has been contaminated by waste material from leaking sewer pipes.

A doctor from the city’s health department, who is the protagonist, has discovered this hazard through lab tests and he takes the results to the Mayor with recommendations on how this disaster can be averted, but the Mayor, who is his brother, accuses the doctor of being an alarmist and an enemy of the people.

"This central theme runs concurrent with situations prevailing in the developing world where economically disadvantaged citizenry find themselves faced with dirty drinking water coming out of their water taps, and if it is not this dirty water, it is acute water shortages," said Moyo.


The play features Michael Kudakwashe, Kudzai Sevenzo and Tichaona Mutore. Its music is done by Cornelius Mupondirio and Kudzai Sevenzo.

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