South African theatre lecturer in the country

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SOUTH AFRICAN theatre lecturer Roel Twinjnstra is in the country to facilitate the Savannah Trust’s theater director training programme which commenced on Monday.

Nqobile Nkiwane,Staff Reporter

According to Savannah Trust programmes officer Melody Zambuko, the week long programme is aimed at raising standards and adding quality to theater products in Zimbabwe.

“We want to feel the gap in the system and give ourselves international standards so that it will not be difficult for us to sell,” she said.

“We are holding this training as a follow up to the one we had in December 2012 and we intend to keep on mentoring our directors and also assist them to apply what they will have learnt.”

The theatre directing training is being offered to mid-career people who have done theatre directing before.

“We have 13 people who have done it before, like Eunice Tava who has directed performances with the Harare International Festival of the Arts for about two years,” Zambuko said.

Speaking to NewsDay yesterday, Twinjnstra concurred with Zambuko and said the training of semi-professionals would bring a higher level of performance.

“We are focusing on the actors, the script and also on how to work with images on stage,” he said.

“Zimbabwean theatre is strong and the directors are eager to learn more about how to produce good scripts.”

He expressed his gratitude for the invitation to facilitate the programme which he described as a learning process for himself.

“Savannah does a great job in providing such programmes and it is very inspiring to meet Zimbabwean theatre directors,“ he said. The theatre directors training will end on February 1.

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