Local political satire goes live

HARARE - Theatre in The Park and Naughty by Nature from Bulawayo will from today stage Tension, a political satire.

It will run until June 3.

The play is set in a modern African country that mixes modern and traditional styles of leadership.

The plot unravels when the chief is facing an internal revolt from his inner circle. It is a two-man play written by Thabani Moyo and directed by Memory Kumbota.

Nama award-winning actor Zenzo Nyathi, who has featured in more than 30 stage plays, and another Nama winner for The Best Actor for 2014, Gift Chakuvinga, who has featured in more than 10 theatrical works, are the actors.

Tension explores the chief’s psychological state at the moment when he fakes his illness in order not to attend internal elections and secretly meet with his trusted Ibutho (General).

The two expose how they have stayed for a long time in power by manipulating State apparatus like the media.

It becomes clear to Ibutho during their conversation that the chief is unsettled because of the elective meeting taking place in his absence.

It also becomes clear that the two are not friendly with the international world as they have come up with plans to bar any foreign diplomatic visitors.

His plan, he says, is to crush them once they are exposed. Moyo is the writer of the record-breaking theatrical piece Umbiko Kamadlenya which scooped all the Namas for the theatre sector in 2014.

He also wrote The Immigrants which was showcased at Intwasa and Hifa in 2012.

The Immigrants script was voted to be among the top five African scripts in a competition run by the Germany Theatre Company Theatralize in 2014.

Moyo also adapted Death of a Salesman into one of the touching plays, The Civil Servant, which explores the plight of government workers.

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