Tellers musical to debut in Harare
AFTER successfully spelling out the hardships women face at the Bulawayo Theatre stage last year, Tellers the musical will debut in Harare next month.
The musical, an adaptation of the play Women Without Husbands by Raisedon Baya was directed by Bafana Dladla (SA) and produced by Josh Nyapimbi. It will be shown at the Gallery Delta in Harare on May 5 and 6.
A Women in Theatre and Television (WITT) production, Tellers is a story of eight women working at a supermarket that is struggling to stay in business due to competition from “illegal” vendors and financial woes.
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 filled with drama and despair but with hope and triumph.
The play’s lively cast recently met for rehearsals at the emerging Bluez Café, a hub in the City of Kings meant for artists to meet and showcase their talent.
“It’s good for the play to spread its wings and tell the story of women,” said musician Penny Yon who is also the Bluez Cafe spokesperson.
“These women are very powerful. They’re actresses and beautiful singers who’re also lively dancers. It was amazing watching them rehearse, singing, dancing and delivering a story.”
The cast comprises of young, energetic and talented actresses, musicians, singers and dancers that include Lady Tshawe, Donna N, Memory Mguni, Loisianna Charumbira, Delicacy Ngulube, Sharlene Ndlovu and Angel Mpofu.