Rituals goes to Zambia

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Rooftop Promotions will from April 13 to 22 take the award-winning theatre production Rituals on a seven-performance tour of Zambia spread over the Lusaka Play House, University of Zambia, Quill Club and community centres.

The tour will be to share, reflect and celebrate the landmark victory of the Cashel Valley court case in which the persecuted Rituals team charged with criminal nuisance for performing this award-winning piece was acquitted.

“We are targeting religious leaders, human rights or civic groups, journalists, artists, university students, politicians, Zimbabweans resident in Zambia and the general Zambian public. The tour is hosted by Mthangatambeta Players’ Circle,” said Rooftop Promotions Marketing and Sales executive, Tafadzwa Muzondo.

Muzondo said the team would leave for Lusaka on April 13 and would be back in Harare on April 22 in time for two performances at this year’s Harare International Festival of the Arts (Hifa).

Rituals is an award-winning portrayal of community initiatives in dealing with consequences of politically-motivated violence in Zimbabwe written by the country’s renowned playwright Stephen Chifunyise, directed and produced by Zimbabwe National Theatre Award Leadership award winner, Daves Guzha.

“The production features some of Zimbabwe’s top stage and screen performers including Muzondo, Mandla Moyo, Zenzo Nyathi, Joyce Mpofu, Chipo Bizure, Silvanos Mudzvova and Rutendo Chigudu, with music from Joshua Mwase and Gibson Sarare,” said Muzondo.

An elated Daves Guzha said, “We are thrilled to be back in Zambia at this point in time, having flirted with the Zambian audience with past productions as Super Patriots and Morons, What They Said What They Got, Power of Prayer Pvt.Ltd among others.

We have shared a lot with our neighbours and have had Zambian plays that include Daughters and Workmates, Up the Vices Staircase among many others in Zimbabwe.”

He said it was an essential retreat after their trials and tribulations during the 100 performances tour of Rituals and it was imperative to share the Zimbabwean story and strengthen the need for healing, reconciliation and peace at regional level.

“Rooftop’s history with National Arts Council of Zambia, Mthangatambeta Players’ circle, Lusaka Playhouse and the University of Zambia spans many years and it is in the spirit of cultural exchange and sharing the Zimbabwean story, that we go to Zambia for these 7 performances which will always be followed by a discussion forum,” said Guzha.

He said the month of April in Zambia had often been associated with the April Theatre Festival which had since been shelved; they were inspired to take advantage of an “expectant” audience in Lusaka which had been used to theatrical activity during this month.