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Human rights play premieres in Highfield

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VERSATILE award-winning theatre practitioner Tafadzwa Muzondo’s latest play Demolishing Democracy is set to have its community premiere at 2pm at Zimbabwe Hall in Highfield, Harare.

SILENCE CHARUMBIRA
ENTERTAINMENT REPORTER

Interestingly, the play that puts on the limelight a barrage of human rights abuses premieres on Human Rights Day.

Muzondo told NewsDay yesterday that the premiere is part of a community theatre revival initiative by Edzai Isu Theatre Arts Project, a Highfield-based community theatre group.

“My first play that helped me create a niche in workplace theatre was premiered at Zimbabwe Hall and it went on to tour numerous companies in Zimbabwe in 2000 when I decided to be a full-time producer. After that, I started premiering in venues such as Theatre in the Park, Standard Theatre, Prince Edward, UZ Beit Hall and Lusaka Playhouse (in Zambia),” said Muzondo.

“Now we are coming back to basics and premiering at Zimbabwe Hall as part of a broader plan to utilise community halls and revive the vibrancy of community theatre in Highfield.”

The recent blitz of demolitions and evictions in Epworth and Chitungwiza and threatened other parts of Harare inspired the talented playwright, director, actor and producer to finally put his thoughts on the problem of squatter settlements into a play with the intention of stimulating dialogue by all stakeholders.

“The play takes a community theatre approach that fuses drama, dance, music and poetry to weave a highly engaging and entertaining play that is aimed for local and international markets,” said Muzondo.

“The problem of illegal settlements is a universal problem so we are confident that the play has a local, regional and international market as a piece of theatre.”

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The play puts together a versatile team with acting, music, poetry and dance skills namely Tafadzwa Hanandah, Everson Ndlovu, Brezhnev Guveya, Gibson Sarari, Charles Biniweri, Charlotte Munyanyi and Samantha Ndlovu on one stage as performers of this emotionally and physically engaging performance piece.

It is written, directed and produced by the award winning Muzondo and choreographed by award winning choreographers Brian Geza and Gibson Sarari.

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