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Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News -

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.

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