Explosive programme set for Tisu.com

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Tafadzwa Muzondo

EDZAI ISU Theatre Arts Project is scaling up its drive to take community theatre to another level this month with the TISU.COM World Day for Social Justice Commemoration themed Promote Social Cohesion, Peace and National Development at Zimbabwe Hall in Highfield on February 26.

BY ARTS REPORTER

This follows a community theatre outreach that covered colleges, churches and shopping centres in Highfield between January 28 and 31 and a community theatre opening show on January 29 featuring the play Demolishing Democracy and a community discussion on demolitions as solutions to illegal settlements.

The programme supported by Culture Fund in partnership with Sida and Danida under the Culture Impacts Programme, will see 16 groups participating in the three-category community theatre competition.

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Edzai Isu founder Tafadzwa Muzondo said there would be 12 plays on the role of citizens (youth and women) and government in promoting social cohesion, peace and national development underlining the imperative for freedom of expression, human rights, gender equality and poverty eradication.

“We expect this month end TISU.COM World Day of Social Justice Commemoration to be huge as all four community theatre groups, four college groups and four support groups are in place for this exciting community theatre bash,” Muzondo said.

He said the project has managed to attract encouraging responses from the local community and civic society organisations involved in human rights, peace and development as well as relevant government organisations and the private sector.

“The performances have been brilliant, the attendances are excellent and I can comfortably say we have successfully built a community that follows our monthly shows and bring others along to discuss topical social issues,” he said.

The project was launched in August 2015 with the TISU.COM Transformative Theatre Training workshop which trained 30 representatives from seven community groups.

“We have distributed 3 500 DVDs of our previous events with the community discussions to communities in Highfield during our monthly programs and also our outreach programme which covered colleges, churches and shopping centres. DVDs have also been shared with other stakeholders such as government institutions, religious groups, tertiary institutions, civic society organisations and international organisations,” Muzondo said.