All set for historic play

HARARE - Edith Masango, who is set to become the first visually-impaired actress in Zimbabwe to feature in a one-woman theatrical production on Thursday, says her performance will be a perfect platform to show that people living with disabilities are equally competent.

Masango will star in the play written by Major Special Matarirano and directed by veteran actress-cum-director Eunice Tava titled Narratives from the Dark which will run at Theatre in the Park in Harare on May 25 and 26.

“I am very excited about the play. It will be a great opportunity for me to show that there is nothing we (People living with disabilities) can’t do. If they can act on a big stage, so can we,” Masango told the Daily News.

She added that the forthcoming play “was a mirror of her own life”.

“The play speaks about people living with disabilities.  I have to admit that it was challenging during rehearsals but I got help from my director (Tava).  Because of her help, I am very confident that I will pull it off on Thursday,” said Masango.

The playwright —Matarirano — who is also co-producing the play with Rooftop Promotions, is happy with the way Masango is justifying his decision to make her the fulcrum of Narratives from the Dark.

“Edith has a strong conviction to do good for her life and that of her family. I see a fighter; her mentality is different from others. So that is why I had to cast her and propel her as a protagonist within the country as a person living positively with disability,” said Matarirano who was equally effusive about the play’s director, Tava.

“Tava is a great director . . .  she is tactful in the way she approaches plays, astute in her treatment of otherwise complex plays. She also has a convincing experience in theatre too.

“She is a self-driven, thorough, intelligent and experienced director. Actually, I have learnt a lot in the time we have started working together. In fact, it’s a privilege for me to be working with her since she is an award -winning actress and director.”

For Tava, who has directed four plays before, Narratives from the Dark is the most complex theatrical production she has handled to date.

“Edith, who plays Gwen, is a first timer on stage and working with her has enhanced my skills as a director. All is now set for all of you to come and witness this great performance as Edith takes us on a journey of her life based on a true story,” said the award-winning Tava.

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