BULAWAYO - Acclaimed Austria-based arts director Stephan Rabl has collaborated with Inkululeko Yabatsha School of Arts (Iyasa) in a children’s theatre production, titled Farm House.
Rabl, the man who took Iyasa to Europe for their first-ever international tour in 2011 and has been working with the outfit since then in the process facilitating their annual six months tour of Europe, spoke to the Daily News about the new production.
“We are now working on a new theatre production, titled Farm House. I was born in a farm house myself and spent a lot of time there so I fully understand how life is in the farm house so we want to bring together the story about life there as you know that life in farm houses is the same all over the world.
“The production is going to be about nature, food, animals, dairy and all the duties from morning till sunset in the farm,” Rabl, who is the Austrian children’s theatre Dschungel Wien director, said.
He said the production which will be made up of a cast of 10 members — all drawn from Iyasa — will premiere on March 24 in Austria.
The multi award-winning and internationally-acclaimed outfit is set to embark on its annual tour of Europe on March 15.
Rabl, who is directing the production, was in the country on a fact-finding mission pertaining to the production.
He said he wanted to get ideas on the general situation and structure of local farms as well as the similarities and differences when compared to farms in Europe.
Iyasa director Nkululeko Dube, who is the music director and choreographer of the new production, said Rabl’s trip was fruitful.
“It was helpful. There are clear differences with Europe where almost everything is now done using machines and it will be a clear background to creating a story that will show children in Diaspora how life is in the farm,” he said.
Dube described the collaboration on the new production as “another opportunity to set our mark on the international theatre scene.”
“The production Farm House is a children’s theatre piece that will certainly excite many a young soul.Children’s theatre is not very common in Zimbabwe with adult stories and political themes taking most of the theatre space.
“These children’s theatre productions are surely the right antidote for us considering that we work with young people,” Dube said.
Dube added that since their last year similar production Do You Jodel received raving reviews internationally, he hoped that the latest project will exceed that bar.