Persecuted Play, Ritual To Show At Hifa

Hifa runs from April 26 to May 01.

Daves Guzha, the Rooftops executive director, said he was ecstatic that he had been accorded an opportunity to stage the play at Hifa.

“Nothing is as good as having a cosmopolitan crowd witness fine art at play,” he said. He allayed fears that the play might be banned: “Art will always talk and when there is an ear to listen to it no one can go against it.”

The play was written by award-winning Zimbabwean author Stephen Chifunyise and director-cum-producer Daves Guzha produces the play.

Since its opening at Theatre in the Park the play has been well received, had a performance at the All-Africa Festival on Peace in Nairobi, Kenya and saw 100 performances all over Zimbabwe.

Silvanos Mudzova, one of the members of the cast, speaking to Radio VOP from Zambia where the play is on a tour said: “This is a play that will give those who did not see it an opportunity to appreciate Zimbabwe talent.”

He said the persecution they suffered at the hands of Zimbabwe’s police only gives them power to do more as theatre “is a mirror of the society.”

Can a legal settlement to political violence supersede the spiritual settlement of appeasing the avenging spirit in the case of murder?

How possible is it for an activist to confess knowledge of murder and compensate the dead person’s family with a daughter without risking arrest and condemnation for abusing the right of the girl child? Such are the questions that Rituals brings to the fore.