Entertainment briefs

HARARE - Thandoe opens at Amakhosi’s Plays on Sunday

Plays On Sunday at Amakhosi Cultural Center will this Sunday present the play Thandoe by Hleziphi Dube and directed by Julian “Golide” Tshuma.

In the play set to start at 4pm, Thando wants to be a professional but to achieve this she has to go to school and to go to school her family must have money. Her father just lost his job when the factory he worked for closed down. The father is penniless.

Thando’s step-mother whose son now works in Johannesburg has the money but will not allow it to be spent on Thando’s education.

For her Thando can stay at home and learn how to be a domestic worker and a useful house wife. Thando is however determined not to be but to become a professional.

This play comes after the successful showing of Khayalami My Home by Miccaine Sikhosana last Sunday.

It draws its talented cast from Msitheli High students in Mpopoma koBulawayo. Coming next on Plays On Sunday, December 9 will be The Coup by Stanley Makuwe produced by Rooftop Promotions in Harare.

Film explores ANC transition

On the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the African National Congress (ANC) in 2012 and the forthcoming ANC congress in Mangaung, AfricAvenir brings to audiences the critically-acclaimed documentary Behind the Rainbow (South Africa 2009).

Behind the Rainbow explores the transition of the ANC from a liberation organisation into South Africa’s ruling party, through the evolution of the relationship between two of its cadres, Thabo Mbeki and Jacob Zuma.

Exiled under Apartheid they were brothers in arms, under Mandela they loyally laboured to build a non-racial state, now they are bitter rivals.

Their duel threatens to tear apart the ANC and the country, as the poor desperately seek hope in change and the elite fight for the spoils of victory.

Behind the Rainbow features key interviews with ANC current and former leaders including Jacob Zuma, Kgalema Motlanthe, Pallo Jordan, Thabo  Mbeki and Terror Lekota and includes detailed insights into the events which lead to the  events in Polokwane, the ANC conference held in 2007.

Behind the Rainbow will be the closing film of our series “African Perspectives” in 2012.

Creative Writer’s Work Group Session

As part of the “16 Days” programme, Pamberi Trust plans to bring together members of the public, artists and industry professionals for the Creative Writing Workgroup Session on November 28 (today).

The Creative Writing session is part of Pamberi Trust’s Literary and Gender Programme.

The group meets every month at the Book Cafe and is open to all established and aspiring writers to come and develop their writing skills through exercises and challenges and also to share ideas.

This writing group which began in August this year, brings together writers from all walks of life, and is often led by an accomplished Zimbabwean writer.

In the past, it has been led by legendary Zimbabwean writer Shimmer Chinodya winner of the Commonwealth Writer’s Prize, and by exciting award winning writer, Petina Gappah. Gappah’s first book Elegy for Easterly, won The Guardian’s First Book Award in 2009.

This November, the workshop coincides with the “16 Days” campaign. Writers are encouraged to attend and engage along this theme.

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