Two productions are travelling from Zimbabwe to be part of the eighth Musho! International Theatre Festival of One and Two Person Theatre.
The festival is being hosted by The Performing Arts Network of South Africa (PANSA) in KZN at the Catalina Theatre in Durban from January 16 to– 20 and features virtually 20 productions over six days, all celebrating the art of the one and two-performer plays.
The two productions from Zimbabwe share insights into the challenges of contemporary life in Zimbabwe and grapple with some pertinent socio-political and cultural issues. The productions have been given tour support from Pro Helvetia, the Swiss Arts Council, and the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC).
First up is ‘Allegations’. What does “national healing” really mean to a white farmer and a black rural dweller? Is it possible to just let sleeping dogs lie? The play examines Zimbabwe’s brutal past and present, and is a true story of hope, fear and frustration in the country today.
It was sold out at when it toured to the Edinburgh Festival. It is produced by Almasi Collaborative Arts (Zimbabwe); written by Mandisi Gobodi, directed by Patience Tawengwa and performed by Dan Hargrove and Everson Ndlovu. It will be staged on Saturday January 19 at 6pm. It is a drama; suitable for 16+ ages and runs at 60 minutes.
‘Half empty/Half full’ is the final production at the festival this year. Two political leaders from highly contesting factions crumble when they face a public uprising. Problems they failed to solve and encounters and alliances they have faced and forged, which form their political history, good and bad, are narrated through this satire on contemporary Zimbabwean politics.
Produced by Savannah Trust (Zimbabwe), the show was created by Tafadzwa Hananda and Teddy Mangawa, written by Leonard Matsa, directed by Daniel Maposa with assistance from Lloyd Nyikadzino and performed by Tafadzwa Hananda and Teddy Mangawa. It will be staged on Sunday January 20 at 6pm. It is a comedy/satire and is suitable for ages 13+. It runs at 60 minutes.
* For bookings, show times and for more information, call the Catalina Theatre on 031 305 6889, or visit www.catalinatheatre.co.za/musho-festival. All shows are R50 per ticket. PANSA paid-members pay R30. OAPS, students and children under 12 pay R30. For more information about the festival visit www.mushofestival.co.za, or send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
An all-day ticket on Saturday/Sunday is R100 per day.