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Double bill at Theatre in the Park

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THEATRE in the Park on Tuesday threw a spectacular double bill with the premiere of their new play titled Protest and the unveiling of the bust of the late Walter Muparutsa.

Report by Silence Charumbira

The head and shoulder sculpture of the late doyen of theatre who died in April this year after an illustrious contribution to the local arts industry seemed symptomatic of the greatness, which made up a huge part of the late artist’s character.

In the audience was Education, Sports, Arts and Culture minister David Coltart.

Harare mayor Muchadeyi Masunda, a self-confessed arts enthusiast, unveiled the sculpture.

Two veteran actors, Obrian Mudyiwenyama and Daves Guzha, who performed Vaclav Havel’s internationally renowned play, opened an old box of memories.

The duo showed a great degree of depth in capturing the subtlety of the various themes in the play.

Lines were delivered with immeasurable simplicity with the big score being their ability to capture the emotions of their audience in every scene.

The play is about political betrayal and rot in a system of governance which is ambiguously guarded by few individuals who benefit from the chaos.

The protagonists Vanek and Stanek are artists and the earlier is a forthright protest artist who suffers imprisonment by the authorities for his work.

His counterpart, however, benefits from the system and has work that is twisted by the government to suit its devilish needs.

The unfolding of the story leaves a trail that a Zimbabwean audience can identify with as it ruffles through numerous vices in society.

The play runs until December 1.

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