THEATRE in the Park will, this week, kick off its first regional collaboration with a production from neighbouring Zambia titled A Love Song for The Impotent Son-in-Law.
The play will run from the 26th to the 29th of April.
Written by two renowned Zambian writers, Samuel Kasankha Phiri and Henry Joe Sakala, the play is directed by a local manager, Memory Kumbota.
Kumbota recently directed The Taking play by Homegrown Arts production house from Bulawayo written by Raisedon Baya. Talking about land issues, the play successfully ran for three days at the new Theatre in The Park stage last week.
A Love Song for the Impotent Son in Law is about a couple that is unable to enjoy marital peace and harmony because of mutual secrets. Each of the two has a skeleton in the closet, from their past, which comes to haunt their marriage in different ways.
Once the secrets are, by cruel circumstances, brought out in the open can the marriage still hold? That is what the audience ought to come and witness.
Rooftop Promotions Producer, Daves Guzha, said after almost two years of absence from active theatre, this was a great opportunity to kick start new relationships with other production houses from across the region and beyond.
He added, “A Love Song for the Impotent Son-in-Law is our first production from outside Zimbabwe and we hope we will bring more new collaborations and exciting productions to Theatre in The Park.
“Our new stage venue, just like the old Thatched Gazebo, is open to work with anyone involved in theatre in and outside Zimbabwe and we are working round the clock to seal new collaborations.
“The new venue is set to increase its productions per year calendar from the previous number from Regional and International Production Houses,” said Guzha.
The play will feature the country’s cream da le crème including award winning Caroline Mashingaidze who is not new to Rooftop productions. She is also a recipient of the NAMA Award.
Also part of the show is veteran actor, Eddie Sandifolo, who was part of ZBC TV series Tiriparwendo, Zamezi and Souls of Emmanuel.
They will be ably supported by Chipo Bizure, the famous Eve from Studio 263. She has appeared on several stage plays such as Heal the Wounds, Rituals and the famous female rapist film the Sinners.Advertisement
Also on stage will be the First Lady of sports, StarFM sports presenter, Yvonne Mangunda who is a product of Patrick Tembo’s Shooting Stars Theatre Club where she started while still at high school. She has done stage, television and film, being nominated for NAMA best actress award for her portrayal of Sibo in ground breaking soap opera Studio 263.
Francis Nyakuhwa, who has appeared in a plethora of theatre productions such as Crucial Triviality (HIFA 2014), Protest Revolutionaries (2013) and Yours Abundantly Zimbabwe (HIFA 2010), is also part of the show.
The cast will be completed by veteran stage actor Antony Mazhetese Rutendo and Tapiwa Chigudu, both University of Zimbabwe Theatre Arts graduates.
Rutendo, a recipient of the University of Zimbabwe’s Theatre Arts Merit and Achievement Award (2012), has performed in a number of shows including Eclipsed, In the Continuum, Fists and Fingers, The Frog Queen (which earned her the NAMA nomination, 2006), Rituals, On the Seventh Day, Aladdin, to name but a few.