Leaving our footprints in the dust that is soon blown away by the wind. We play our games, dance in the rain and stoke the fires in our hearts. The wind rattles loose our carefully laid foundations and tests our convictions. Yet we do not despair because we know that even time will have to tell in the merest of whispers,our story. We learn, we teach and we are taught. We whisper, scream and shout. In turn we inspire and hope to never forget our humanness. This is our present and so it was our future. So gather everyone and listen to the stories that we tell. See us work, sweat and delight in our visions becoming reality. Strides are being taken by young people in Zimbabwean Theatre. It has been a while since we have seen a one woman show in Zimbabwe and Privillage Mutendera’s performance in My Big Fat Shona Wedding does not disappoint. Some like Patience G. Tawengwa are crossing borders to learn different ways of doing things. Congratulations to Patience for getting the opportunity to shadow Tony Award winning director Emily Mann. And our family is getting bigger here at MeTambo News. We welcome on board Kudzai Chimbaira a very talented Actor, Director and Producer currently based in Sweden. Kudzai is going to be the host for our Notes from Abroad Column. But even as we do our work; we still think of the challenges that Zimbabwean Theatre is facing. We celebrate two months. August was a very busy month but equally busy and hectic is September. Dubbed, “the month of festivals” ; September promises to be fun, crazily busy and celebratory with Dzimbahwe Arts Festival, YOCAF, MACFEST, Intwasa Arts Festival, ShokoFest and many other exciting events. We would also like to thank everyone who is forwarding and sharing our newsletter like Kubatana. net, Pazviri.com and Zimbabwe United States Alumni Association, ZUSAA. We welcome new readers to this monthly space. This is your space, dear theatre lovers, workers and supporters. We welcome you once again to a place where we talk about Zakucheza, Imidlalo and everything theatrical. 

 

“You can throw away the privilege of acting, but that would be such a shame. The tribe has

elected you to tell its story. You are the shaman/ healer. That is what the storyteller is…”

Ben Kingsley

Inside this issue

  • Simuka Comedy 

 

  • Street Theatre: The loud voice that died a Silent Death 

 

  • The Power of Dance: Soukaina’ s Interview 

 

  • Cultural and social spatiality of costume in Zimbabwe: The Politics of dress 

 

  • Notes from Abroad: Introducing the host Kudzai Chimbaira 

 

  • Opinions: Ndaka Chigariro on Zimbabwean actors