Political satire comes to Byo

BULAWAYO - State of the Nation, a satire that portrays the infighting rocking Zanu PF over President Robert Mugabe’s succession, will be showcased as a Bluez Café pop up event at the Royal Hotel in the City of Kings tomorrow.

The play by Rooftop Promotions, which was first performed at Theatre in The Park in Harare on September 8, features a powerful cast that includes actor-cum-director Daves Guzha, veteran poet Chirikure Chirikure, actor Chido Kutaga and award-winning comedian Doc Vikela.
The powerful political parody is being brought to Bulawayo by non-profit arts education organisation Nhimbe Trust.

“The play will help in raising awareness on current affairs through stage performances.
“The audiences will not only be entertained but will also get the opportunity to gain a grasp of the current state of the country through this play,” said Nhimbe Trust communications manager Ronald Moyo.

The comical play also parodies the messages and stances of political parties regarding the current state of the ailing economy, social crisis and political power skirmishes in Zimbabwe.
“We are delighted to be bringing the play to Bulawayo through Bluez Café — a mobile event owned by Nhimbe Trust. It is multi-disciplinary and features music, poetry, theatre as well as food and culture. The primary focus of Bluez Café is towards local arts production and dissemination,” said Moyo.

In addition to State of the Nation, Bluez Café has also brought to Bulawayo a South African musical that features 20 elderly women aged between 50 and 79. They take a journey through music and storytelling on their experiences as senior citizens.
The musical, directed by Bafana Dladla, debuted in the City of Kings at Bulawayo Music Academy on September 28 and will continue at the same venue this afternoon.

The last performance of the musical in the city will be on Saturday evening at Bulawayo Theatre.

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