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actors defy homeland ban with fringe visit
play which has been banned in the performers' native Zimbabwe because
it pokes fun at an African dictator will be shown as part of the
Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
The Super Patriots
and Morons will be performed in the Capital at the Assembly Rooms,
in George Street, between August 22 and 29. The theatre group looks
set to be allowed into Edinburgh, even though other Zimbabwe groups
Sing! Zimbabwe and Tambuka have been refused visas.
the play's main character as an iron-fisted leader intolerant of
sees people who do not believe in his government as enemies and
fronts for imperialists who have to be stopped. It was first shown
in Harare two years ago, but before its second run in 2004, the
Zimbabwe government cited provisions of the colonial Censorship
and Entertainment Control Act 1967 as a basis for banning the play.
Guzha said: "Super Patriots and Morons mirrors society in many
ways, reflecting our ugly sides that we never want revealed. It
laughs at our socio-political follies in quite a humorous way.
can be misunderstood.
the play fell victim to such misunderstanding.
the play is not ordinary art, it will weather the storm living on
in the face of draconian laws that stifle free expression."
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