ZIMBABWE and United States exchange play She and He next week embarks on a national tour that runs from September 24 to 30.
The tour will see the play visiting cities like Masvingo, Bulawayo, Gweru, Hwange, Victoria Falls and Kadoma.
“The play will be performed at: Charles Austin Theatre in Masvingo on September 24, and Bulawayo Theatre as part of Intwasa Arts Festival koBulawayo on September 25,” said Tafadzwa Muzondo, one of the writers and directors of the play.
He said the play will then have a show at the Midlands State University Great Hall in Gweru on September 26, Hwange Little Theatre in Hwange on September 27 and Shoestring Lodge in Victoria Falls on the 28th.
The tour ends in Kadoma on September 30 at Campbell Theatre.
“This follows a successful tour we had with Washington Junction courtesy of Zimbabwe Theatre Association (ZiTA) which has inspired us to keep live theatre alive around Zimbabwe,” said Muzondo.
“From the experience we had with ZiTA and our other experiences of taking plays on tour, I believe we are well positioned to contribute to the noble and essential objective to create and sustain a theatre market around Zimbabwe since we have ready and quality productions that are geared for tours and a good network base of theatre fans, practitioners and scholars in the targeted areas, not mentioning the imperative to provide alternative and educative entertainment nationally.
“We want to use the mutually beneficial relationship we have with ZiTA and the opportunity presented by the Culture Fund of Zimbabwe Trust through the mobility fund, to continue with producing and showing plays in these targeted areas where we have reliable and keen hosts who also have an interest in reviving their local spaces.”
She and He was written by Stephanie Guirand (a Haitian American) and directed by Joy Wrolson (American), with Muzondo as co-writer and co-director.
It features Everson Ndlovu, Getrude Munhamo and Michael “Yahweman” Kamunda who plays a live musician in the play which won three awards for Best Production, Best Director and Best Sound at the April International Festival 2014 in Zambia.