Play tackles tribalism

BULAWAYO - Ngomahuru Theatre Company has come up with an enthralling play on the thorny issue of tribalism that has haunted the country since time immemorial.

The play titled Dance for Peace was recently performed by the Harare-based theatre group during the Plays On Sunday programme at Amakhosi Cultural Centre in the City of Kings.

Dance for Peace, which premiered at the Tanzania Club in Harare late last year, was written and directed by Nyaradzo Charama who is also part of the nine-member cast.

Despite delving on a sensitive subject of tribalism, the group tactically showed the genesis of tribal conflict and how it can be resolved through tolerance, peace and forgiveness.

In keeping with the trust of the play, the Highfield-based theatre group, which came to Bulawayo under the banner of the Institute of Creative Arts for Progress in Africa Trust (Icapa), presented a cast composed of different tribes.

Memory Kumbota, a veteran Bulawayo-based playwright, actor and director, described the piece as a “flawless performance.”

“A good theatre piece does not need a spokesperson or an interpreter,” he said.

“The presentation was flawless, smooth but mostly I should say the theme of tribalism is a very critical one in terms of creating social cohesion and bringing people together.”

Icapa project coordinator Karen Mukwasi was overjoyed by the response from the Bulawayo audience.

“It is always good to perform before an audience than in an empty hall. It was our first time to bring a play to Bulawayo. Prior to coming here, we had heard a lot about Amakhosi and it is really a big deal for us to put a show at Amakhosi,” she said.

Mukwasi said the aim of the play, one of several from Icapa Trust’s Breaking the Silence Project, is to contribute towards peace-building and conflict resolution in the country.


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