UZ examines students’ theatre performances

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THE University of Zimbabwe theatre arts department last week engaged in an exercise to assess students’ skills in various disciplines of theatre arts at the campus’ Beit Hall during performances that included drama and dance.

BY MAXWELL TAPATAPA

The exercise was witnessed by parents, lecturers and fellow students from other departments.

A lecturer in the theatre arts department, Nkululeko Sibanda, who is also the director of the Black Jesus theatre play staged on Friday, said they were assessing both the practical and theoretical aspects of the performances.

“The practical examination constitutes 40% of the examination mark, assignments constitute 25% and the final exam constitutes 35%. We value these practical performance, hence, we allocate more marks on the practical side,” he said.

Sibanda said since the establishment of the theatre arts department at the university, it had produced prominent theatre practitioners such as award-winners Daves Guzha, Tafadzwa Hananda and Nyaradzo Nhongonhema.

A theatre arts student, Munyaradzi Mtomba, who was lead actor in Black Jesus, said the performances helped him boost his confidence.

“I have done performances here at University Beit Hall and this has made me confident. Now I’m doing plays at Theatre in the Park and this is a very good experience for me,” he said.

Lecturer and choreographer, Kelvin Chikonzo said the department was responsible for training students to be actors, directors, stage managers and designers.

“We also give our students appreciation of their heritage, traditions of the Zimbabwe as well as understanding of performances in the pre-colonial era,” he said.