THE University of Zimbabwe’s theatre group, which recently thrilled theatre fanatics at the Harare International Festival of the Arts (Hifa), is
tipped to attend the National Black Theatre Festival (NBTF) scheduled for Winston-Salem, United States in July.
The festival will end on August 4.
The festival spotlight shines bright on the most professional collegiate theatre productions from around the world. NBTF major highlights such as Fringe is primarily a performance showcase for college and university students. It affords theatre companies and theatre student organisations affiliated with accredited junior or senior colleges in the United States and other countries an opportunity to perform one-act or full-length productions of new and contemporary works as well as productions of Black classics.
Another integral component of the festival is The Readers’ Theatre of New Works. The series is designed to showcase the work of minority playwrights and these works can be one acts or full-length plays.
The Readers’ Theatre showcases 18 to 20 original works written by renowned and aspiring playwrights and read by professional actors and celebrities attending the festival for an audience of theatre professionals, scholars and the general public.
The university theatre outfit gave a good account of themselves when they performed The Bus Stop Journals, an American/Zimbabwe collaborative project born out of creative partnership between California State University and the University of Zimbabwe.
The Bus Stop Journals director, Owen Seda told independentxtra that arrangements were being made by a visiting Fulbright professor, Maxine Sample, to have his group perform at the prestigious US festival, which starts on July
“Maxine Sample is a visiting Fulbright professor in the Department of English at the UZ,” said Seda. “She’s the one connecting us to that festival. Moreso, she’s an African American and has done African studies.”
Seda added that the play aims to build understanding between the people of Zimbabwe and America, whose knowledge of each other’s lives and culture is botched due to misperceptions.
“Bus Stop Journals seeks to build understanding between the US and the people of Africa, in this case Zimbabwe. We believe a forum like this will be an ideal place to build an international understanding.