Chidawanyika to direct Fugard's play

HARARE - Veteran actress Sandra Chidawanyika-Goliath, who has won several awards including the National Arts Merit Award (Nama), will direct Athol Fugard’s ‘No Good Friday’ this evening at the Zimbabwe German Society.

‘No Good Friday’ is being presented by Almasi, a Zimbabwean-American dramatic arts organisation, co-founded by Zimbabwe-born Hollywood actress Danai Gurira and film director Patience Tawengwa, as part of their ongoing mentee director series.

Almasi Collaborative Arts has been conducting a nine-month director training programme in order to build capacity and develop the skills of Zimbabwean directors under the guidance of American theatre director and drama teacher Julia Wharton. The programme began last year in November and will come to a close next month in July.

Each month Almasi, in partnership with the Zimbabwe German Society, has been presenting free staged readings for local audiences.

Chidawanyika-Goliath, who is making her directorial debut this afternoon, is excited to be directing the staged reading of Fugard’s legendary play.

“The story in the play carries with it many themes, love, dreams and murder, but the recurring theme for all the character is choices,” she said.

“To dream big or not to dream at all– very relevant to Zimbabweans anywhere who have for a long time set their eyes on a target which seems unattainable.”

Chidawanyika-Goliath added: “Fugard questions the usefulness of perseverance and hope, especially in an economic climate we live in. It challenges you to dare to be different in order to give voice to the voiceless.”

‘No Good Friday’ is a timeless play set in South Africa some decades ago that is still relevant because the same issues faced by Black South Africans still affect  other  people in other countries.

All the characters of the play are victims of an economic system that demeans and alienates them.

Fugard’s play has all the ingredients of a love story and a tragedy.

A total of 11 characters in the story including a passionate musician in his early twenties knocking on doors for the opportunity of a long awaited break, a young woman who realises that her dream to be married to the love of her life is not to be, and the same applies to an aging man dreaming for his child to rescue him from his financial struggles so he can retire with some decency.

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