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Play revisits Cyclone Idai tragedy


Charles Munganasa


THE Great Zimbabwe University (GZU) Theatre Productions has revisited the tragedy brought by Cyclone Idai, which devastated mainly parts of Chimanimani in Manicaland province, in a new play titled: Idai: Till Death Do Us Apart.

The play is set to premiere in May at Charles Austin Theatre in Masvingo.

Idai: Till Death Do Us Apart, stems from the deaths of AFM church newlyweds caused by Cyclone Idai-induced floods last month.

Playwright Charles Munganasa said the play will be staged by GZU students, John Mabuyane and Monica Nembaware as Shadreck and Idai, respectively.

“Having waited for 20 years to get married, Shadreck and Idai finally achieve ther goal and afterwards go for their honeymoon in Chimanimani. Little do they know that this is their last moment together? In Chimanimani we lost future presidents, doctors, teachers, and artistes, among other proffessionals. Their stories cannot go untold and should never be easily forgotten,” he said.

“The play revisits the tragedy of Cyclone Idai. While many people took it for granted and others are even looting the donations meant for victims of this tragedy, the play gives the nation time to do self-introspection and see how much we lost and also create ways to avoid such occurrences in future.”

Munganasa said the idea to produce the play came from some students who felt it imperative to capture the tragic incident through theatre.

The theatre club was formed this year under the GZU Performing Arts Department and it is already making serious inroads into the industry. It recently performed at the International Theatre Festival in Harare.

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