One-man play set for Byo Theatre

BULAWAYO - Theatre stable, Naughty By Nature, has lined up a one-man play titled 'The Diary of Madness'.

The play, written by poet-cum-author Philani Amadeus Nyoni, will premiere at Bulawayo Theatre on November 5 — a date which coincides with the play’s director by Thabani Moyo’s birthday.

Interestingly, Nyoni, who has been likened to the late author Dambudzo Marechera, is the only actor in the cast.

Moyo, who is also a producer at Naughty By Nature, has promised a unique play.

“It is a first that Nyoni will score as he struts and frets the stage solo and turns poetry into an hour-long theatrical production,” he said.

Moyo added that the play is an experimental theatrical production which brings together many stories that have affected and continue to affect our communities.

“The central story is that of a young artist trying to discover himself in a world that is awash with so many obstacles. He is out to define himself in a world that views him with suspicion and will not

accommodate him.

“Like everyone else, he is worried about his mortality and his soul. He wants to find out what builds an individual and what destroys him. He falls in love and falls out of it, he finds out that there are circumstances that he cannot control,” he said.

Moyo added: “Love brought him diseases in a country that cannot provide health services. Is that his end? No. He imagines himself married in a community that no longer values marriage. He plays with his wife’s care and love only to find out that what is out of territory is all vanity. He falls back to his imagined wife’s hands when vanity has dumped him in the graveyard.”

According to Moyo, the final episode of the play tackles political issues in the country.

“He gets into dialogue with the elders and exposes his desires and wants. He needs a job. He needs a life away from political statements that do not bring food on the table.

“He asks why elders have looked away from themselves and gaze at the sun going down instead of looking into themselves and finding answers within. The direction to look into is our soul as Zimbabwe.”

Moyo added that the play will be presented in a language that is both uncensored and raw.

“The imagery is powerful. The emotions are overwhelming. The narrative is aided by visual images, film clips and music, all done through power point,” he said.

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