Baya pens new play for schools

BULAWAYO - Centre for Talent Development (CTD) is back with another intriguing play, Fragile which is set to be premiered in March for the local schools.

CTD under the leadership of Thabani Moyo recently brought to life the play, The Arrangement and they are also known for their successful and popular Live Literature Project in schools.

The new production which was written by veteran and award winning playwright Raisedon Baya has been slated for 22 and 23 March in the city.

According to Baya the play will explore a different route on the lives of a set of twins who are the main characters in the play.

“Twins are generally expected to look and think alike. Twins are even expected to walk the same paths in life, but not the Patapata twins.

“The two look different, talk differently, walk differently and more importantly their fate follows different paths,” Baya said.

According to Baya who is also the director of Intwasa Arts Festival, Fragile follows the story of the Patapata twins who get separated and are later brought back together by unfortunate circumstances.

“This is an experimental piece that uses physical theatre, music, storytelling, and dialogue to tell a story most writers would shy away from.”

“As the title suggests, sensitive issues are discussed but nothing is taboo — abortion, sex, homophobia and xenophobia.

“Everything is thrown into a boiling pot, cooked at high temperature and pace and then served with flair by this talented and energetic cast.”

Unlike other plays, Baya said Fragile is told through the eyes of one of the twins,

Sweetness Patapata, who is caught in the middle of what she only later describes as the tragic story of “my other half”.

He added: “Fragile takes audiences from Zimbabwe to South Africa and back. Separated by borders, the health of their mother becomes hope for the reunion of the sisters but the odds are not really on their side.

“Sweetness leaves Zimbabwe in search of her run away twin sister, a victim of corrective rape instigated by their own father.

“Sweetness visits South Africa at the wrong time. The country is in flames. Xenophobia is at its peak.

“Fortunately, she finds her twin sister within the shortest space of time she has in the country but fails to convince her to come back home,” Baya said.

After watching one of the rehearsals veteran actor and theatre trainer Memory Kumbota had this to say about Fragile: “I was seized by the words the actors spoke and I could only reflect on the craftsmanship of the actor, the writer, director and how this seamlessly merges to transport one into a world of interesting sights, experiences, and characters,” Kumbota said.

“The play promises to be a pulsating sensual dance around our own sensibilities. That is not theatre. That is an experience. This is a must watch play, it defies odds.

“The script carries powerful subtext, necessary darkness that the world has been shunning for years without specific reason.”

The talented cast include Musawenkosi Sibanda, Sthabile Ndubiwa, Elton Sibanda, Clinton Ndlovu, Stanley Mapfumo, Charmaine Mudau, Agnes Ncube, Anita Moyo, Lonesome Kudzai and Chipo Mawarire.

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