Play puts gender violence under spotlight

BULAWAYO - Women In Theatre (WIT) have lined up a performance of a play titled Song of a Woman at the National Gallery in Bulawayo tomorrow as part of the commemorations of the on-going 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-based Violence.

The Bulawayo-based WIT project is a partnership between Amakhosi Academy and Nhimbe Trust.

Project coordinator Nonhlalo Dube told the Daily News the play aims to encourage peace in homes.

“Some of these domestic violence incidents are initiated by family members,” said Dube.

“They can cause tension between couples so this play encourages men to stand by their partners when such things happen and to learn to solve their problems without being violent that is why we chose the theme “From peace in the home to peace in the world,” said Dube.

The play, which is directed by Thembelihle Moyo, premiered under the Amakhosi Plays on Sunday early this year and was also part of this year’s edition of the Intwasa Arts Festival.

“The show costs $2 only and we look forward to seeing people coming in numbers to watch this play as we continue to challenge domestic militarism and end violence against women,” Dube said.

The play features a talented cast that includes Nomvuyiso Mpofu, Sithandazile Dube, Xenia Dhlomo, Seagirl Dube, Kenneth Chikweza and Thulani Mbambo.

Song of a Woman is an intriguing story of Fanta, a young woman who is caught in between old and modern values of marriage. Her mother-in-law attacks her because of her childlessness and endlessly demands grandchildren. On the other hand her aunt is concerned with material things that come from her marriage.

The story gives hope to the marriage institution when Julius, Fanta’s husband stands by her side and promises to love her forever with or without children.

“It’s a programme run by women for women in a bid to promote visibility and increase opportunities for women in theatre circles.

“This is done through mentoring, developing and promoting plays by women writers, directors and producers,” Dube said about the WIT project.

She added that WIT was introduced in a bid to churn out more women theatre practitioners in a field that is male-dominated.

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