Theatre in the Park premieres Protest Revolutionaries

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After a successful run of this years opening production titled The Coup, Theatre in the Park offers its second play titled Protest Revolutionaries that premieres tomorrow.

In an interview with NewsDay during a rehearsal session, Silvanos Mudzvova, who wrote the play, said it was an audacious examination of protests.

The play outlines a brave exploration of protests, their possibilities and the inevitable dangers to be anticipated when engaging in such activities, said Mudzvova.

He said the play was inspired by the works of Jenni Williams, an activist from Women of Zimbabwe Arise.

The play was born out of the way Jenni Williams lived and it was meant to be performed as a tribute to her bravery and contribution to the plight of Zimbabweans.

However, following a number of revolutions in Africa, we thought the play should not only be limited to women activism.

In this way, the play is to encourage people that if the Arab world could unseat powerful men then even southern Africa could do it.

The play depicts roles played by various activists, including students, farmers and street vendors in a bid to demonstrate everyone has the power in them to fight for their cause, no matter who they are.

Protest Revolutionaries is set at Africa Unity Square, Harare. After a victorious protest, the square is renamed Revolutionary Square to symbolise the power of the masses.

Mudzvova refused to concede to accusations by politicians and media organisations theatre was being used to set agendas for foreigners.

As theatre, we are not there to set agendas for politicians or foreigners with interest in the nation as suggested by media organisations and politicians, but we are there to entertain and educate people on realities of what is happening around them.

We leave politics to politicians and focus on our duties to mirror society. Peoples needs are different from needs of politicians, he added.