Theatre in the Parks hosts 'Half Empty/Half Full'

HARARE - Theatre in the Park, in conjunction with Savanna Trust, will host a play titled Half Empty/Half full from tomorrow until Saturday.

The play, directed by award-winning South African Mncedisi Shabangu, is a “developmental theatre production” with a cast that includes 2010 National Arts Merit Awards (Nama) theatre actor winner Teddy Mangawa.

According to a statement released by Theatre in the Park, Half Empty/Half Full is a story about two villagers who grew apart only to be united by fate. On the eve of their departure to the city, they both discover love.

“Teddy is in love with Vimbai, the mother of his twin sons. On the other hand Tafadzwa is in love with his dying sister. The story takes a turn when they hear that there is a diamond rush somewhere in Zimbabwe.

“Their hearts yearn for the riches and their dreams swell of greed. In the end, one friend has to make a sacrifice and remain behind in the village,” read part of the statement.

The play has been performed at various festivals in the region such as Tsoho International Community Theatre and Dance Festival (South Africa) Blantyre Arts Festival (Malawi), Intwasa Arts Festival (Bulawayo) and the Harare International Festival of the Arts (Hifa).

Savanna Trust director Daniel Maphosa said the play feeds off the Zimbabwean Constitution.

“It is a simple plot, interwoven with various sub-plots… (It) portrays sensitive contemporary Zimbabwean problems being faced by the rural folk, the youth and their city kinsmen,” said Maphosa.

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