Comedy fiesta at Theatre In The Park

HARARE - Comedy lovers are in for a treat next week as Theatre in the Park will present the second edition of a five-day comedy fiesta to be held at the organiser’s venue in Harare Gardens.

The fiesta being hosted by Rooftop Promotions, best known for its art and theatre works.

The previous comedy fiesta was held in March. The organisers felt the response was good enough to hold another one, adding a few more days to the humour feast.

Rooftop Promotions publicist Lesley Moyo said the comedy fiesta’s main objective is to bring the fast growing industry closer to the people and keep sight of the issues bedevilling society.

“It is a comedy week and not just one night. We realised that patrons of Theatre in the Park were yearning for diverse programming.

“So we responded by offering them comedy and they loved it. You would realise that comedy and theatre are creative industries and therefore our patrons who have been exposed to a lot of creative theatre productions would not find it difficult to consume a product born out of a similar creative process.

“Besides offering diverse programming, we realised that the comedy industry is a new baby in the arts industry in this country, so as leading industry players we wanted to offer them a platform where they can grow their trade. We would want to see the comedy industry growing and reaching dizzy heights,” he said.

The lineup is headed by godfather of comedy Edgar Langeveldt and features the talents of Michael K, Doc Vikela and Bulawayo-based Clive Chigubhu.

Moyo said the previous response was good, “The response was impressive and the turnout was good. For us it was a test run to gauge the audience response to something different from theatre. I can say it was successful and we are looking forward to another successful week of comedy."

“The comedy industry like I said is growing but already it has created a huge fan base. We are not starting something new but we are offering a new platform to comedians who are already staging shows in other venues in and around the country. Our main aim is to introduce comedy to our patrons and promote diversity in our programming,” he said.

Stand-up comedy has been on a surge with the leading exponents being Simuka Comedy who recently celebrated their first anniversary.

One of the best comedians in the country, Carl Joshua Ncube is currently expanding his comic knowledge through a tour in America.

Ncube has shown great potential and his mixing and mingling with great industries like that of America will give him vast knowledge on the subject.

Producer of Theatre in the Park, Daves Guzha said of the partnership: “This is the second time this season we are having comedy at Theatre in the Park. The first one which was more of a trial run was hugely successful and that is why we have given them another slot in our busy theatre calendar as we bridge the divide between theatre and comedy and celebrate the creativity of these genres."

“We want to offer variety to our theatre fans and also take the opportunity to introduce people to our venue and hopefully they will keep coming even after the comedy week. We are excited to have Clive Chigubhu from Bulawayo, who is proving to be a popular comedian here in Harare and we hope the four of them would do justice,” he said.

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