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Police deny the dead opportunity to speak out
November 26, 2012
Police in Bindura
Monday denied the performance of the play "The Coup"
at Chipadze Bus Terminus which they said was "political".
The same police
station had on Wednesday last week cleared the show. The Censorship
Board had also the cleared the play.
When the cast
arrived at the performance venue today at 1230pm (Monday afternoon),
they were informed by police details from Bindura Central Police
that they could not go ahead with the performance.
Commissioner Chiwoko, who is charge of Glendale, Chiweshe and partly
Bindura informed the tour manager, Annamore Ziweya that the play
was too political and therefore the cast could not go ahead with
the show. He also instructed the other two police stations Glendale
and Chombira to revoke the clearance granted earlier.
The play is
on a national tour which had a successful start at the University
of Zimbabwe Alfred Beit Hall on Monday November 19.
of Rooftop Promotions said: "For a country that has over 90
percent unemployment rate it just boggles the mind why anyone would
want to deny people decent employment. The people who are stopping
us have no direct link with us. The professionals have looked at
the content, they are happy with it and which leg is ZRP standing
on. What makes it worse is that they have not even seen the show
but they were quick to stop us from performing."
This is the
second time after the creation of the GNU
that a Rooftop Promotions production has had a brush with Law Enforcement
Agents. In 2010 the cast of the play "Rituals" was arrested
in Cashel Valley and we proceeded to have a full trial and in a
landmark ruling for the theatre sector, the state lost the case.
The Coup a stage
play written by Stanley Makuwe is about a group of dead bodies crammed
in a broken down hospital mortuary who decide to rise up and approach
the country's leaders to demand a better service delivery
and good governance.
The play zooms in on failing economy, the demise of the industrial
sector and the worsening of the health delivery system and also
focuses on the relationship between the coalition partners in the
Government of National Unity (GNU).
The six member
cast comprises of 2012 NAMA Nominee Zenzo Nyathi, 2011 Outstanding
Actress Joyce Mpofu, multi-award winner Eunice Tava, 2012 HIFA Theatre
24 Hour Challenge Best Director Charles Matare, multi-talented John
Pfumojena and community theatre veteran, Gibson Sarari, also a NAMA
currently underway to engage authorities at PGHQ.
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