THE opening night of this year’s annual Inxusa Theatre Festival will be a women’s affair with the presentation of the Song of a Woman penned by various women.
Inxusa Theatre Festival and World Theatre Day Colloquium 2014 will run from March 25-29 in Bulawayo at Amakhosi Cultural Centre headed by playwright, actor and theatre director Cont Mhlanga.
Song of A Woman is a story of Fanta, a young woman who is caught in between cultural and modern values of marriage, written by women who took part in a Women In Theatre (WIT) workshop process.
It is directed by Thembi Moyo and produced by Nonhlalo Dube.
Fanta is confused on whom to listen to between her mother in law and her aunt who want different things from her.
Her mother-in-law accuses her of bareness and want grandchildren and her aunt on the other hand is concerned with material things that come from her marriage.
The story gives hope to the marriage institution when Julius, Fanta’s husband stands by her side and promises to love her forever with or without children.
The play premiered at Amakhosi Theatre “Plays on Sunday” in July 2013 before a capacity audience.
In September 2013 during Intwasa Arts Festival the play showcased at Bulawayo Theatre and left the audience wanting some more.
By public demand the play was showcased again at National Art Gallery in Bulawayo in December 2013 commemorating 16 days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence.
WiT is a programme of Nhimbe Trust. It is run by women for women in a bid to promote visibility and increase opportunities for women in theatre circles.
This is done through mentoring, developing and promoting new plays by upcoming women writers, directors and producers.
To date WIT has produced and showcased Song of A Woman with the second production Mothers now in the rehearsal room.
Dube, the co-ordinator of WIT and producer of Song of A Woman is an Amakhosi graduate, an experienced actor, productions co-ordinator and a script writer.
Some of her productions include Yeyeni Bantu a Ndebele television drama that was broadcast on ZBC/TV and It never Rains a theatre production that showcased at Harare International Festival of the Arts.
She is founder and owner of ND Productions currently running the programme Theatre for Everyone.
Theater tickets would be sold at the door; adults $3 and scholars $1 or bring an invitation card.