Umkhathi Theatre to celebrate in style


GLOBETROTTING Umkhathi Theatre Works is set to celebrate its 16th anniversary in December with a new production Umbiko KaMandeya.

Luyanduhlobo Makwati
Own correspondent

Matesu Dube, the director of the group, said they collaborated with a teacher at a Bulawayo school, Thabani Moyo, who wrote the script for Umkhathi.

“As it is, we are rehearsing in preparation of our 16th anniversary as a theatre company,” Dube said.

“We want to celebrate this special day with arts and cultures in the country.

“Umkhathi will offer a new production during the day as we continue marketing and uplifting our Zimbabwean culture.

“As a group, we are trying by all means to keep our culture alive hence this anniversary slated for December, we will definitely deliver as we share our experiences with members of the public.”

Dube said the production, is expected to be complete by mid-November before it goes public.

“We are almost through with the two-hour production that touches on different social issues,” he said.

Over the years Umkhathi has become a force to reckon with in Zimbabwe’s arts sector, as it has staged various productions and clinched several awards in and outside the country.

Moyo said he was happy to partner Umkhathi and believed that the well-travelled theatre group would do justice to the work of art.

“For our industry to grow, we must complement each other,” he said.

“ 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.

“I am happy that Umkhathi appreciated my move and I believe they will do justice to it.”

Last month Umkhathi were crowned national winners of the Chibuku Neshamwari Traditional Dance Festival.