A new play that aims to engage Zimbabweans in civic education around the constitution and the forthcoming referendum is set to start showing on December 8 to 10 at Harare Garden’s Theatre in the Park.
The drama is titled By the People for the People and produced by Highfield-based Talent Alliance Production house, formerly known as Talent 98 Arts.
The group is a product of the 1998 to 1999 Artists Against Poverty Awareness initiative, on the basis of an arts symposium held in 1999 which was a joint initiative of the government and the United Nations Development Programme.
“Our latest project is a play production in high voltage to engage the people of Zimbabwe in civic education on the constitution, its referendum and beyond,” said writer and producer Sebastian Maramba.
Maramba said the play highlights the writer and her imaginary characters called zombies who sarcastically engage to resolve the constitutional challenges being faced by Zimbabweans.
He said the play progresses after she has encounters with the male and female zombies prompting the play to be presented in three different versions.
“The versions are the male version, female version and lastly the citizen version, on which mental decolonisation to the zombie and lifeless citizens of Zimbabwe is highlighted,” said Maramba.
He said the fundamental goal of this particular project was to use theatre as a vehicle for expressing discontent and as an agent for change by emphasisingsocial and political issues.
Maramba said the project used theatre as a useful code to comment on the people, the state and the constitution as tools that promote unity, peace and development.
“Our business purpose is to direct increased arts and culture productions in the country and elsewhere according to its clientele’s wants, needs and necessities in full obedience,” he said.