Amakhosi theatre project goes national

PLAYS on Sunday, an Amakhosi Cultural Centre initiative, will soon be going national, the arts centre’s director Cont Mhlanga has said.

Report by Khulani Nkabinde

Mhlanga told NewsDay Arts in an interview yesterday that they were in discussions with the Zimbabwe Theatre Association to use arts venues in areas such as Gweru, Masvingo and Mutare to hold Plays on Sunday.

“Those who own venues in the three towns are excited about the idea. We want to ensure that every play that is staged at Amakhosi then moves to, say, Gweru and the one that would have premiered in Gweru comes to Bulawayo. That will be replicated in the other two towns,” said the veteran arts practitioner.

“We want to build the theatre industry in the country through this initiative.” Mhlanga said they envisaged that they would be able to “cover the whole country by the end of this year”.

Mhlanga said they plan to have a “proper calendar of events running throughout the year”.

“When somebody visits the country from outside, they should be able to know who is performing where after looking at the calendar of events. We should move away from the system whereby somebody just wakes up in the morning and decides to stage a play and starts to put up posters everywhere. That is not professional,” he said.

Plays on Sunday started at Amakhosi in November last year with a play titled Unpredictable by Thabani Ndlovu. It seeks to give space to upcoming playwrights, actors and actresses to showcase their works. Since November, there has been a new production staged at Amakhosi.

This Sunday afternoon, comedian Clive Chigubu goes on stage at the centre accompanied by upcoming comedians based in Bulawayo.

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