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Festival wins producers’ hearts

Zimbabwe’s representatives at this year’s edition of the April International Theatre Festival in Lusaka, Zambia say they are motivated to create a similar festival back at home.

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Daniel Maposa and Tafadzwa Muzondo, who are the co-producers and actors of Washington Junction, say they are motivated to start a Zimbabwean version of the festival.

The duo said considering the amount of talent in Zimbabwe compared to the quality of plays that were showcased at the five-day festival, there was no reason why Zimbabwe could not run a similar programme.

“The festival is a very exciting experience, where we got an opportunity to see productions from Zambia, Botswana and Malawi as we gave a very impressive account of Zimbabwean theatre,” said Muzondo who doubles as the writer and the protagonist.

“Indeed, it has inspired us to hasten the organisation of a theatre festival for ourselves because there is no vibrant theatre festival in Zimbabwe.

“Collaboration between such organisations as Association of Community Theatre Artists in Harare and Savanna Trust can bring such a festival home.”
Maposa said the festival would provide an opportunity for Zimbabwean productions to expand into the region.

Daniel Maposa and Tafadzwa Muzondo in a scene from Washington Junction at Lusaka Playhouse in Zambia. Picture by Daniel Maposa
Daniel Maposa and Tafadzwa Muzondo in a scene from Washington Junction at Lusaka Playhouse in Zambia. Picture by Daniel Maposa

“The April International Theatre Festival is commendable for the fact that it tries to bring theatre productions from other Sadc countries, thereby providing an opportunity for sharing, exchange and networking,” said Maposa.

“It is my wish that such a festival is held for the sub-sector in Zimbabwe.”

The April International Theatre Festival saw the two thespians stealing the limelight with a spectacular performance on the opening night.
The play will premiere in Harare at the Harare International Festival of the Arts.

Several groups from Malawi, Botswana, Zambia and Zimbabwe performed at the festival.

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