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Diamond play premieres in Theatre in the Park

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A play that gives a reflection of the effects of a sudden discovery of wealth such as the Chiadzwa diamonds, Diamonds in His Son’s Grave, premiered at Theatre in the Park, Harare, on Tuesday.

Report by Entertainment Reporter

Written by celebrated playwright Stephen Chifunyise and directed by Eunice Tava, the play is set in the rural village of Zinyemba in Manicaland Province.

While digging a grave for his late brother-in-law Farai Mutero, a deputy headmaster discovers diamonds worth a fortune.

Together with his wife they call an urgent meeting to inform their in-laws about the discovery and plan a way forward on how to mine the diamonds without the neighbours and authorities knowing.

The family welcomes the news except that the head of the house, who is also headman of Zinyemba village and spirit medium, is against the idea of mining the diamonds, as it would mean digging up his forefather’s graves and possible banishment upon discovery by authorities.

He states that underneath the land are bones of his forefathers. He fears invasion by diamond seekers too.

Inevitably, an eviction notice is served that gives the new owner (a nephew to their son-inlaw) rights to mine diamonds and move the whole village.

A link to the countless times in the history of Zimbabwe where people were forced to leave their homes just for a few individuals to take up land previously occupied by thousands of people is established.

As the issue of betrayal brews up, the father is possessed by a spirit medium that rebukes fighting over the new-found wealth.

The stage design by Chris Bere is by far the best the venue has ever seen, depicting a rural set-up.

Diamonds in His Son’s Grave features Nama Best Actor winner Teddy Mangawa, who plays the role of an outspoken alcoholic who openly speaks his mind, but usually apologises when he has  ruffled feathers.

Other members of the cast are Charles Matare who plays father, Yellow Card’s Priscilla Mutendera, Getrude Munhamo who featured in Sinners and Tinashe Chirisa from The Father.

The play will run until September 20.

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