After a successful run of the first season, Theatre in the Park is taking a three-week break in order to pave way for the Zimbabwe International Book Fair and also give theatre buffs a winter breather.
The first season saw Theatre in the Park playing host to seven very well-received shows.
Ganyu from Mwezi Arts was the first show of the year. This was a Malawian production with a Malawian cast and crew.
Then came 365, a production penned by the veteran writer Stephen Chifunyise.
This production is a hilarious piece with a serious critique of gender imbalance and violence advocating not just 16 days but 365 days of activism against gender violence.
This production premiered on the March 8 to coincide with International Women’s Day.
It got attention from civic organisations especially those which deal with the issues to do with women and was watched by over 800 people.
Theatre in the Park also hosted a cocktail run which saw the British Council’s two Hifa Direct plays Colours of Dreams and The Comeback and Blessing Hungwe’s outstanding and topical Burn Mukwerekwere Burn being showcased in nine days.
Raisedon Baya and Stephen Chifunyise’s Ten Years From Now managed to bring veterans Walter Muparutsa, Obrian Mudyiwenyama, Daves Guzha and Jasen Mpepho back to the stage. These actors had last been seen in a production together on stage over five years ago.
The plays deals with Zimbabwe in the next 10 years.
Not to be outdone was the all-female team of Eunice Tava, Charity Dlodlo and Getrude Munhamo who came in with Sinners? a play from a new writer, Patrick Chasaya.
Theatre in the Park will open its doors for the second season on August 9 with Accidental Death of a Radical from The X Lab team.
The season will be dominated by new works from both old and young writers alike.