SAVANNAH Trust play, Half Empty, Half Full, which premiered earlier this year in Durban, South Africa, for the Musho Theatre Festival, will feature at this year’s Harare International Festival of the Arts(Hifa).
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The play also made another appearance at the Tsoho International Dance and Theatre Festival in the same country.
At Hifa, the play will have three shows at ZB Bank Reps Theatre Upstairs on April 30 at 6pm, May 2 at 8pm and May 3 at 11:30am.
Featuring Teddy Mangava and Tafadzwa Hanandah, the play takes a stern approach to social realities as the two characters open up on what has happened in their lives.
The Mncedisi Shabangu-penned play attacks various social ills that the protagonists have had to live with.
They are against the tendency of celebrating villains that is common in their society.
As the duo journeys to the city, they symbolically go in circles which Shabangu — who doubles as the director — said tell a story about how rural Africans live.
Various issues are interrogated in the play and it interestingly attacks vices while at the same time exploring the different labours that human life has to endure because of love.
Issues to do with fortunes in love are portrayed as inevitable yet ambiguously meaningless in some instances.
The story takes a turn when the duo hears that there is a diamond rush somewhere in their area.
In the end, one friend has to make a sacrifice and remain behind in the village.
Mangava and Hanandah are both part of Savannah Trust’s Theatre factory Programme which started last year benefiting a number of local practitioners.