Rural women benefit from theatre programme

BULAWAYO - Over 200 women in rural Matabeleland stand to benefit from a theatre programme being organised by Theatre for Everyone.

The year-long programme, being supported by Hivos, is meant for women between the ages of 18 and 35.

Theatre for Everyone project coordinator, Nonhlalo Dube, told the Daily News that the participants are being drawn from Esigodini, Inyathi, Matopo and Nyamandlovu.

“This programme intends to train, motivate, develop and empower young women from selected remote areas of Matabeleland with the skills of acting, writing, producing and directing their own theatre productions,” Dube said.

“This is actually our second project in a space of two years. Our first theatre project focused on children living in orphanages in and around Bulawayo. It was a huge success.”

The 26-year-old Dube, who is an experienced actress, revealed that three professional theatre practitioners were imparting skills to the rural women.

“Like any other training, the programme involves theory and the practical elements. Participating trainees will develop, rehearse and produce a play under the supervision of the three facilitators.”

She added that the project is proving to be a great success despite earlier doubts about its suitability.

“People have various perceptions when it comes to taking arts programmes to the rural areas, but I am glad because it is being well-received in all the districts and the women are very excited to be part of this programme.

“They are also pleased that we brought the programme to the rural areas for they have passion in arts but they cannot afford to come to Bulawayo to get training.”

Theatre for Everyone is an annual theatre training programme that was launched by ND Productions in August last under the theme ‘Promoting and expanding theatre to the overlooked sections of the society’.

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