Chifunyise focuses on diamonds in new play

HARARE - The topical issue of Zimbabwe precious stones takes centre stage at Theatre in the Park, when Stephen Chifunyise’s Diamonds in His Son’s Grave premieres on October 9.

The timely play zooms in on a family in Manicaland Province that discovered diamonds within their homestead and have to contend with opportunists that want a chunk of their newly found riches.

In the play Chifunyise brings out issues of ownership and exploitation of mineral resources, cultural practices and development.

While digging a grave for his late brother-in-law, Farai Mutero discovers diamonds.

An urgent meeting is convened with his in-laws to inform them of their find.

The family welcomes the news with loud cheers except the head of the house, Chituro Zinyemba, who is also the headman and spirit medium in the community.

While pondering on their move, an unexpected visitor drops a bombshell in speech that spells disaster for the family.

While a lot of diamond extraction took place in the province, locals have not been benefitting from the proceeds of the sale of the precious minerals.

Companies mining in Manicaland province have been accused of not adding any value to the province and its people.

The exploiation of diamonds has also affected families that were forced to move to new and unproductive places.

This has also affected their cultural practices.

“We want to create dialogue and debate in terms of correlation between people, mineral resources, development and cultural practices.

“We are hoping that people would come consume this amazing production,” said Guzha.

The play will open to the public at Theatre in the Park, in Harare Gardens from October 10 to 20 at 5:30pm. - Entertainment Writer

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