FILABUSI, Saturday, August 13, 1966 — Filabusi (European population something like 400) is to stage a world premiere later this month — a musical entitled The Heritage, which has been constructed 100 percent locally.
It will have a two-night run in the old club hall, which has a small stage and a seat of about 100. The Heritage was written by Edel Krige, a Filabusi housewife and she and her husband Paul are singing the leading parts. (They didn’t just take them: they earned them at an audition).
The musical, which runs for about two hours, is set in contemporary Rhodesia — anywhere — and those who have heard them agree that the songs and lyrics are of a remarkably high standard. I heard a tape recording made at a rehearsal one night last week, and can confirm that this enthusiams is justified. The Heritage looks like being one of the most exciting events in Rhodesia theatre history for a long time. It was written by a woman who had never tried her hand at this sort of thing before. Her husband gave her some help, and Anne Wellstead, who is qualified in choral work, wrote the musical accompaniment and overture.
The show (on Friday and Saturday, August 26 and 27) will be an entirely local venture. For all its modest size, Filabsi has an active social life, and this home-made venture is certain to bring packed houses to the old club hall.