BULAWAYO - Veteran drummer-cum-playwright Lewis Ndlovu has lined up a one-woman play that brings the spotlight on issues of women and child abuse.
The play titled Nyembezi, to be directed by Ndlovu, will feature celebrated actress and director Sarah Mpofu.
According to the Makokoba-based Ndlovu, the play is scheduled to premiere on March 24 — the World Theatre Day — in Bulawayo.
“There is a disturbing culture of silence that has resulted in many cases of women and child abuse going unreported at a time when such incidences are on the increase.
“Organisations dealing with child abuse in Zimbabwe say most of the victims suffer in silence as they are intimidated by the perpetrators who are usually close relatives and guardians. The majority of the cases come to light much later after the victims have been abused several times,” said Ndlovu.
He added that awareness campaigns are necessary because most women and children are ignorant of their rights.
“The war against women and child abuse should not be left to organisations that deal with the abused but should involve all communities for effective eradication of the scourge,” said Ndlovu.
Nyembezi is a story of a young girl (Nyembezi) who suffers sexual abuse at the hands of her father.
When her mother learns about this, she collapses and dies. Nyembezi later runs away from the village to the city soon after she gives birth to a baby boy. In the picture comes Lungisani Thole whom she falls in love with.
The climax of the story is when she discovers that Lungisani is her close relative.
Ndlovu debuted as a director in 1999 with a play titled Dingani which was followed in 2001, by Om Shanti.
In 2011, he collaborated with Umkhathi Theatre Company to create Drums, the Musical. Two years later, he came up with Who is Wise which featured Inkululeko Yabatsha School of Arts (Iyasa).
He then wrote and directed Nyamazana Zonke — Parliament of Animals, a play for kids that was showcased at the United Nations World Tourism Organisation General Assembly.