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Protest Arts festival records success
Charumbira, The Standard (Zimbabwe)
November 03, 2013
Arts International Festival (Paif) that ended last weekend in Harare
offered an exciting programme for arts lovers.
were treated to some of the best theatre performances that the local
scene has witnessed in some time, given the hibernation that the
genre is currently going through in Harare.
at the steadily growing festival definitely breathed life into Harare’s
slowly dying theatre culture that has seen little action this year.
Many will agree
the pair of Teddy Mangawa and Tafadzwa Hanandah keeps improving
each time they step on the stage.
They did just
that at Alliance Francaise with the play Pub Stories: Tony Fights
Tonight, an adaptation of prolific writer Dambudzo Marechera.
with which they sifted through the storyline was commendable considering
the striking balance they maintained in recreating the ever yarn-spinning
and eccentric Marechera.
and Caroline Mashingaidze were also exceptional while Nyaradzo Nhongonhema
did well in portraying the explicit satirical side of Marechera.
On the same
stage was to come the Durban Twins Bongamusa and Musawenkosi Shabalala
with their two-hander Up in the Sky. The duo presented a simple
set with the least of props that made sure the audience concentrated
on the play.
In the play,
identical twins grow up separated by their father’s love for
one and despise of the other killing the arcane ties they enjoyed
like atavism keep the audience in suspense leaving them without
a clue of whether or not the stage is set in a nightmarish context.
To crown the
theatrical dominance at the festival was another South African production
titled Droits de l’homme.
by Reggy Danster, the riveting dance theatre piece about women’s
plight against rape in a chauvinist dominated word had the audience
in stitches with its farcical yet subtle expressionism. What nailed
it for the set was the precise use of sound and visual effects.
the dimmer at the venue sometimes failed to work, it was evident
that visual and sound effects are some of the facets of theatre
that need to be exploited by theatre practitioners.
that were shown at the festival include Echoes in the Quicksand,
Half Empty half Full, Unfortunate Future and Caged.
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