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Gurira play goes on national tour

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In the Continuum, an award-winning play on gender-based violence which has been running at Theatre in the Park in Harare, will be staged at the National Art Gallery in Bulawayo on Friday and Saturday evening.

The play, co-written by Danai Gurira and Nikkole Slater, premiered at Theatre in the Park, Harare, on November 22.

Rooftop Promotions director Daves Guzha said in a statement released on Wednesday the play is now being taken on a national tour, hence the Bulawayo performance. It will also be staged in Gweru and Masvingo, among other areas.

“It is part of our programme to take theatre to the rest of the country. As an organisation, we always want to build on that capacity. And what better way to do it than with a production such as In the Continuum, whose theme is derived from the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-based Violence campaign and World Aids Day?” said Guzha.

The production is funded by the United States’ President’s Plan for Emergency AIDS Relief (Pepfar), which has committed $57 million dollars to the fight against HIV and Aids in Zimbabwe this year.

Originally written and performed by United States-based Zimbabwean actress Gurira and Salter, the play tells parallel stories of two women — Abigail Murambe (played by Sandra Chidawanyika), a Zimbabwean journalist, and Nia James (played by Rutendo Chigudu), an American teenager living in Los Angeles — in shelters and foster homes.

Though they never meet and are never in each other’s world, their stories are similar. Both Murambe and James find out simultaneously they are pregnant and HIV-positive.

They must face their respective partners with this news knowing contracting HIV or Aids, especially for women, can mean being socially ostracised besides enduring emotional and physical hardships.

In the Continuum was first performed in Zimbabwe at the 2006 Harare International Festival of the Arts.
Both shows in Bulawayo will be free of charge.

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