ROOFTOP Promotions last week staged a play titled Mother Don’t Cry at Alliance Française to commemorate cancer month which is observed in October every year.
BY IDAH MHETU
The play, seeks to educate Zimbabweans on the cancer disease, features veteran actress Eunice Tava, award winning actors Teddy Mangawa and Lloyd Nyikadzino.
Written by celebrated writer Stephen Chifunyise, the play is about a widow (Judith Tsoka) living with her two children, played by Nyikadzino and Tava, together with a secret boyfriend, Bernard, played by Teddy Mangawa.
The emotional play is based on a story of a woman suffering from cancer, but does not want her children and the community to know about it except for her boyfriend.
On her birthday, her children decide to surprise her by organising a party which has a messy end, with people fighting, after Bernard shows up unannounced.
The widow introduced Benard to her children as a special man in her life, but her son is not amused. There is a heated argument over the issue until the mother reveals she has cancer.
Her neighbour makes fun of her although she is ignorant about the disease so the widow tries to educate her with no success until someone knocks sense into her head.
The play was directed and produced by Tava through her new theatre company, Hi-Serve Entertainment, in association with Rooftop Promotions with support from World Health Organisation.
Rooftop director Daves Guzha encouraged film practitioners to spread the word on breast cancer so as to educate communities.
“I think this is a good presentation which educates people on breast cancer and I think we should have it in three different mediums, film, radio drama, and theatre. Let’s support the nation,” Guzha said.