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Czech Republic plays come to Harare

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THE Embassy of the Czech Republic, in conjunction with Complete Arts Project, Rooftop Promotions and Alliance Francaise will present local versions of two Czech plays.

ENTERTAINMENT REPORTER

The plays were written by the late, Vaclav Havel, former Czech President.

The first production titled Audience will be staged between November 13 and 15. The second play is titled Protest and it will run from November 27 to December 1.

Audience depicts a long meeting between Ferdinand Vanek, an intellectual fallen from grace and living under State surveillance, and a manager of a brewery where Vanek is forced to work.

The manager reveals social ills that include a dehumanising system under which they are both living.

In Protest, Vanek meets a friend of his youth, Stanek, who in a State administration. Stanek sees Vanek as a potential saviour in a dilemma involving his daughter’s relationship to a dissident musician.

Audience features Charles Mucheriwa and Tafadzwa Hananda. It was directed by Susan Hains.

Protest, which features O’Brian Mudyiwenyama and Daves Guzha, will be staged at Theatre in the Park.

The plays are part of Havel’s popular trilogy.

Havel died in 2011 at the age of 75.

He became an icon of the struggle of Czechs and Slovaks against the oppressive political regime of the then Czechoslovakia.

In consequence, Havel, like other fighters for freedom and human rights, spent years in prison to later reemerge as a leader of a broad popular movement and eventually president of the country.

“The famous trilogy featuring Ferdinand Vanek is a typical example of his good writings and Zimbabwean theatre fans will discover his talent in these parts,” said deputy head of mission for the Embassy of the Czech Republic.

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