Intwasa in drama, comedy show

BULAWAYO - Intwasa Arts Festival will hold a three-day show extravaganza at Bulawayo Theatre later this month which will cover drama and comedy.

Festival director Raisedon Baya said the project dubbed “Intwasa Extra” will run from November 20 to 22.

“Two of the shows, Mbiko kaMadlenya and Comedy Night were the most popular events during the recently held Intwasa Arts Festival koBulawayo and are being brought back by public demand,” Baya said.

“The third show is a new collaborative piece by  Memory Kumbota, Nelson Mapako and myself. The new, crazy and very physical play is called The Taking.”

Mbiko kaMadlenya, which premiered to huge acclaim at the last Intwasa Arts Festival, will be the opener of the event.

The play was adapted from Mayford Sibanda’s classic Ndebele novel of the same name by Thabani Moyo.

It will be directed by Mapako and choreographed by Richard Ndlovu.

On the second day of the show there will be the “night of many laughs” which has been dubbed The Comedy Night.

“After a successful run during Intwasa 2014 the comedians are back and they are at the top of their game. Make a date with Q the Boss, Clive Chigubhu,

Babongile Skhonjwa, Ntando Van Moyo and many others for a strong dose of local comedy. This will be definitely a night to remember,” Baya said.

The last day of the three-day event has been reserved for The Taking — a new, experimental, crazy, very physical and thought-provoking play which will premiere on the day.

“The Taking will take you back into history — to colonisation, liberation, and the land issue; land as a national treasure and heritage and also as a source of conflict,” said the Intwasa Arts Festival director.

He also said the play is very topical because it is coming against the backdrop of resurgence of land invasions.

“Theatre is an institution that deals with memory. With The Taking the idea is to take our audiences back to those chaotic years and make them remember.

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