Theatre in the Park mulls children's slot

HARARE - Theatre in the Park will be introducing a children’s slot during its mid-June return.

Theatre in the Park closed in 2012.

It was a well-known theatre venue running a week of local theatre.

Previously, it exclusively catered for adults and evening audiences, with children having little fun there.

“We are reintroducing lunchtime theatre, which will be a 40-minute slot,” said Daves Guzha, the Rooftop director.

“It will be primarily dedicated to upcoming artistes because you need to create space for them.

The 7:30pm one will still remain in place.

“We will also introduce children’s theatre.

Harare is one of the most child-unfriendly cities in the world.

Our activities for children are very minimal.

When we want to go out and do things it’s on weddings.

We think that is not enough.

It shouldn’t be like that. We need to have proper activities.”

He said every weekend, they would  have a children’s slots where not only adults will perform for children but children will also perform for themselves.

“You are bound to see the realisation of a long term ambition where we look at institutions like Chipawo, people like Steven Chifunyise, Mbuya Bakasa who can also tell folk tales,” he said.

“The adults can be next door in the restaurant, where they can wait for their children.”

Guzha said he would perform in at least two plays this year, when they re-open in the Harare Gardens.

“You will be seeing me in two of the plays. We will also be scaling up on the number of workshops which are very important for both the cast and crew.

“We will also look at workshops for journalists interested in theatre as well,” he said.

Theatre in the Park was set up in 1995 and started operations in 1996.

It is reopening this year after it was closed after falling out with the owners of the venue.

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