Busi­ness meets women’s strug­gle at pre­miere

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Entertainment - Bruce Ndlovu

A MEET­ING and cock­tail be­tween artistes and the chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer of the Zim­pa­pers group – Piki­rayi Deketeke - will pre­cede the de­but of The Tell­ers mu­si­cal to­mor­row evening at the Bu­l­awayo Theatre.

The meet­ing, or­gan­ised by the Nhimbe Bluez Café, will be held at the Na­tional Art Gallery in Bu­l­awayo, with op­por­tu­ni­ties for cre­ative en­trepreneurs in the city be­ing the main agenda while the cock­tail, where Deketeke will be the guest of hon­our, will be held at the Bu­l­awayo Theatre.

The meet­ing be­tween the Zim­pa­pers CEO and cre­ative en­trepreneurs in the city will be par­tic­u­larly per­ti­nent for those with an eye on the is­sues tack­led in the play which will run ev­ery evening at 7PM up to Fri­day at the Bu­l­awayo Theatre.

The Tell­ers is a Nhimbe Trust’s Women in Theatre and Tele­vi­sion (WITT) mu­si­cal that tells the story of eight women toil­ing at a su­per­mar­ket that is strug­gling to stay in busi­ness due to the eco­nomic and fi­nan­cial woes grip­ping the na­tion in ad­di­tion to ris­ing com­pe­ti­tion from “il­le­gal” ven­dors op­er­at­ing out­side the premises of their place of work.

The women’s love lives, fam­ily is­sues, fi­nan­cial dire straits and re­li­gious be­liefs are il­lus­trated through­out the mu­si­cal and in­tri­cately wo­ven through mu­sic, dance and el­e­ments of po­etry to tell a story not only filled with drama and de­spair but also hope and tri­umph.

The play brings to­gether the crème de la crème of the lo­cal theatre scene both on and off stage. Penned by ac­claimed play­wright, Raise­don Baya, the play is di­rected by Mem­ory Kum­b­ota with ex­pe­ri­enced chore­og­ra­pher Richard Ndlovu in charge of the all im­por­tant dance as­pect of the play while Bafana Dladla of Gu­gothan­dayo fame will han­dle the mu­sic and score.

Over its 90 minute du­ra­tion, the Si­mon Mam­bazo Phiri pro­duced play will show­case some of the city’s bright­est stage tal­ents in­clud­ing among oth­ers Lady Tshawe, Donna Ncube, Mem­ory Mguni, Loisianna Charumbira, Del­i­cacy Ngu­lube, Shar­lene Ndlovu and An­gel Mpofu.

In ad­di­tion to its pre­miere run in Bu­l­awayo this week, WITT aims to em­bark on a girls High Schools Tour Cir­cuit in Bu­l­awayo show­cas­ing The Tell­ers fol­low­ing its pre­miere.

The schools will in­clude both pub­lic and pri­vate girls’ schools as well as girls board­ing schools in sur­round­ing districts. The ob­jec­tive is to cre­ate a unique WITT/ Sta­tus of Women Artists Ac­tion Plan (SOWAP) foot­print in Girls High Schools, as a pre­lude to Nhimbe’s 16 Days of Ac­tivism Against Gen­der Based Vi­o­lence 2016 Edi­tion of per­for­mances un­der the “Nhimbe 16 days pro­gramme”.

A state­ment from Nhimbe Trust about the play de­scribed it as a must see show for not only the artis­tic ex­cel­lence it prom­ises, but for the mere fact that it show­cases the story of the strug­gle and strength of women in the face of these tri­als and tribu­la­tions.

“The Tell­ers is the ex­pres­sion of the strength and op­ti­mism of mod­ern day woman; an in­spir­ing story of our strong women to be told again and again,” the state­ment read.

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