Un­tikolot­shi

Fi­nally graces Theatre in the Park

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Entertainment - Show­biz Re­porter

THEATRE for Ev­ery­one play — Un­tikoloshi — that pre­miered at the Na­tional Gallery of Zim­babwe in Bu­l­awayo in April, will to­mor­row be show­cased in Harare at the Harare Gar­dens Theatre in the Park.

The play that was a hit in Bu­l­awayo was meant to have been show­cased in Harare last month but those plans had to be shelved after the failed shut­down.

One of the pro­duc­ers of the play, Nonhlalo Dube, said they were ex­cited that the play would fi­nally be show­cased say­ing they had in­vested a lot in its mar­ket­ing.

“Can­celling the show in July was a set­back to Theatre for Ev­ery­one as we’d put a lot of ef­fort in mar­ket­ing and the gen­eral prepa­ra­tions. We’re happy to be stag­ing it fi­nally,” said Dube.

She said the play that will be shown over three days was a good op­por­tu­nity for Bu­l­awayo ac­tors to be ex­posed to dif­fer­ent au­di­ences.

“Tak­ing this play to Theatre in the park is a good op­por­tu­nity for the ac­tors, es­pe­cially for the up-and­com­ing ones as it’ll give them ex­po­sure. This is also the be­gin­ning of a re­la­tion­ship be­tween us and Theatre in the park as we’re look­ing for­ward to stag­ing more Theatre for Ev­ery­one plays there.”

Un­tikolot­shi, which means “The Goblin”, was di­rected by renowned play­wright Styx Mh­langa and has a cast that con­sists of For­tune “Folo­mani” Ruzun­gunde of the early 2000 Amakhosi drama Sin­jalo, Tsitsi Gumbo, Nomvuy­iso Mabi, Greatjoy Hlatshwayo, Buh­lebenkosi Maphosa, John Mabuyane and Prim­rose Ndlovu. It tells a story of a young girl who falls preg­nant and gives birth but re­fuses to name the fa­ther. She gets mis­er­able as a goblin, which is re­spon­si­ble for her preg­nancy ha­rasses and abuses her. She fi­nally con­fesses who the fa­ther of the baby is and her fa­ther takes dras­tic ac­tion to deal with the goblin. The play touches on the im­por­tance of ed­u­ca­tion for the girl child, hid­ing un­der the guise of cul­ture to do evil prac­tices to ac­quire wealth, it is also a les­son against child abuse.

Theatre in the Park, which re­opened in April in Harare after a four-year hia­tus, has of­fered play­ers in theatre a place where they can gather and show­case their pro­duc­tions while Theatre for ev­ery­one is a plat­form meant to pro­mote bud­ding ac­tors and scriptwrit­ers in Bu­l­awayo.

Un­tikoloshi on set

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