Zim plays for Kenya fes­ti­val:

Two Zim­bab­wean plays “Caged” and “Wed­ding Day” are set to fea­ture at Kenya Film Fes­ti­val that be­gins on Thurs­day in Kenya.

The Herald (Zimbabwe) - - Front Page - Von­gai Mbara Arts Re­porter

THE two plays were pro­duced by Hu­rungwe Arts Fes­ti­val that is un­der the cu­ra­tor­ship of Joel Zi­lala. Zi­lala is ex­cited to be part of the fes­ti­val and will be leav­ing the coun­try to­mor­row to­gether with the cast. The pres­ti­gious Kenya Film Fes­ti­val has ex­tended its wings to in­clude the­atre in its pro­gramme.

“This is such an amaz­ing op­por­tu­nity and I thank God for it. It is hum­bling to have your work recog­nised and it re­ally mo­ti­vates me. I will be leav­ing with the amaz­ing cast and I can­not wait for Kenya to see the plays,” said Zi­lala.

“Caged” is a play that ex­plores work­ing re­la­tion­ships faced within or­gan­i­sa­tions and it cap­tures love, re­venge, pain and rage

On one Mon­day morn­ing, work­ers at Ku­bika Sadza In­dus­tries are ag­i­tated by their over­due salaries, mean­while, Mi­das, a col­lege dropout is planning to mend bridges with his col­lege sweet­heart Kundai.

The sec­ond play tilted “Wed­ding Day” ex­plores emo­tions, black­mail, threats and per­sua­sions traded while guests cel­e­brate the per­fect mar­i­tal union.

What looks like a per­fect wed­ding of young vir­gins is a vi­cious strug­gle of in­di­vid­u­als with con­flict­ing agen­das but keep­ing up ap­pear­ances in front of their wed­ding guests.

“Sab­rina, a morally loose woman who has two kids from dif­fer­ent fa­thers is a new girl in church but does not want this piece of her his­tory to be known so she plays a holy vir­gin propped up by her hired aun­tie.

“The dis­cov­ery makes in­ter­est­ing sto­ry­line,” said Zi­lala.

Both plays have been staged at var­i­ous venues in the coun­try and re­ceived ex­cit­ing re­views for the ex­per­tise that the casts show.

The trip is a boost for Hu­rungwe Arts Fes­ti­val, which has an­nu­ally strived to bring arts to­gether in Mashona­land West.

The fes­ti­val brings to­gether dif­fer­ent arts gen­res from many parts of the coun­try.

Tak­ing plays from the fes­ti­val to Kenya is ev­i­dence of Zi­lala’s hard work in pro­mot­ing the arts.

Joel Zi­lala

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