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strengthens synergies with ZIBF and relevant stakeholders
July 21, 2010
continues to strengthen its synergies with relevant bodies in the
cultural industry as a way of strengthening the theatre industry
in this turnaround time of our nation. Our current collaboration
with the Zimbabwe
International Book Fair, to be held in Harare from the 28th
to the 31st of July 2010, which will see us showcasing theatre as
a way of breathing text to life is another milestone in our focus
to strengthen our synergies with relevant institutions. We are going
to support two free performances of award winning "Heal the
Wounds" and critically acclaimed Waiting
for Constitution as part of the Book Fair's live programming
as well as freely distribute DVDs and CDs of "Waiting for
Constitution". Just recently, we supported the UZ
Theatre department when it honoured Stephen Chifunyise's work
through a festival dubbed "Critical Perspectives on Chifunyise"
held at the UZ BeitHall on 6 July 2010.
with Book Fair dates back to 1996 when we opened Theatre in the
Park as a venue for African contemporary theatre plays. Plays by
luminaries such as Africa's first Nobel Laureatte for Literature,
Wole Soyinka's "The Trials of Brother Jero" and
plays like "Muramu" and "Intimate Affairs"
which have gone on to be published, have been staged at this venue
ever since its inception. Theatre in the Park started when the founder
of Rooftop Promotions Daves Guzha approached ZIBF Trust intending
to use one of their Gazebos as a theatre venue having been impressed
by its round nature, which resembled an African dare.
and Literature feed into each other either way because you can have
a play published into a book or a book staged as a play. We are
impressing on publishers to start publishing theatre plays because
students studying Zimbabwean or African contemporary plays are stuck
with Ngugi wa'Thiongo or Athol Fugard plays which are easily
available yet there are other contemporary plays which have been
successfully staged but have not been published. This means there
is no reference material for anyone wishing to study the plays except
trying to get a copy from the writer in which case it might not
be the final production which will have been staged because the
rehearsal process is another creation process from the script to
the stage". Said Daves Guzha
a marketing and sales point of view, publishers should know that
a successful stage play is highly likely to sell well as a book
from the theatre popularity, it's a tried and tested product.
And likewise, as theatre producers we know also that a best-selling
book is highly likely to be successful as a staged play or film
riding on the book's popularity. In Zimbabwe published manuscripts
are not in tandem at all with produced and consumed plays output
hence this collaboration should mark the beginning of a new era".
The two plays
we are offering - "Heal the Wounds" (NAMA 2010 Outstanding
Theatre Production) and "Waiting for Constitution" have
been overwhelmingly received in their tour around the country with
"Heal the Wounds" doing over 30 performances between
November and December last year and "Waiting for Constitution"
doing over 75 performances from May this year to date.
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