A TEACHER at Eveline High School, Thabani Hillary Moyo, has written a play for Umkhathi Theatre Works — one of the country’s most decorated theatre companies.
Work on the play entitled Umbiko KaMadlenya, is expected to be complete by the end of August before it goes public.
Umkhathi Theatre Works director Matesu Dube said they were doing a collaboration with Moyo on the two-hour production that touches on different social issues.
Dube said the play will also be showcased during their Umkhathi 16th anniversary celebrations in November.
Over the years the group has become a force to reckon with in the country’s arts sector, as it has staged various productions and clinched several awards in and outside the country.
The playwright, Moyo, said he was happy to partner Umkhathi and he believed that the well-travelled theatre group would do justice to his work of art.
“For our industry to grow, we must complement each other. As for me, I am a scriptwriter and I cannot perform on stage, but I encourage people to share various talents that they have so that we can develop the sector,” he said.
“I am happy that Umkhathi appreciated my move and I believe they will do justice to it.”
Umkhathi are the city’s provincial winners of the Chibuku Neshamwari Traditional Dance Festival.
Last month they performed in America where they left an indelible mark with their hard-hitting traditional dances called setapa.