THE KEY – Theatre Play Review

THE KEY – Theatre Play Review

This play is a wholly new production from New Horizon Theatre Company, part of the world-famous CHIPAWO Trust of Zimbabwe. The story takes a look at the modern day girl child’s struggles to find her space and place in a world that is busy trying to control her. Brilliantly co-written and directed by seasoned theatre practitioner Chipo Basopo and advertising copy writer and part-time playwright, Ronald “The Wordsmith” Chindungwe, this is a thought provoking story that swings, sways, rocks, and indulges all your senses. As a two act play, a lot rests on the actresses to keep the interest of the audience and the two young women don’t disappoint. Their delivery is on point. There is plenty of light hearted moments and for those who love music, well you will be singing along at the end of the play. The two young actresses, Gamuchirai Mukwakwami and Nicole Ruzive, are clearly talented stage actors with potential to scale dizzy heights in the world of professional theatre, with more productions. The two vividly bring the play to life and one cannot help but feel transformed into another world through their tight delivery and chemistry on stage.   The play centres on Fadzai, a young girl who has just turned twenty one and is enrolled in university doing a degree programme she doesn’t like.  She finds herself questioning all that she has known, from birth till this stage, trying to find meaning and purpose of her life. She starts probing and asking herself hard questions. Will she find answers? What does she need to do to live the life she wants?  ...

THE UNTOLD STORY by Dr Robert McLaren

Danai (Didi to her friends and family) Gurira is now pursuing an extremely successful career in show business in the United States. A reviewer described her as ‘the red-hot Zimbabwean actress…who stars as butt-kicking, katana sword-wielding zombie, apocalypse survivor in The Walking Dead’. She has scooped an Obie Award and other awards for writing and acting. Yet, Danai could very easily have been an academic like her father or a librarian like her mother or any one of the many careers that graduates of the Dominican Convent in Harare choose. Instead, surprisingly and rather unfashionably, she decided to take up drama, earning herself an MFA (Master of Fine Arts) at New York University. The performing arts was not a popular choice among young girls of her age when she was a Harare teenager. So why and how drama? The answer is simply ‘CHIPAWO’. Danai admitted this herself when she addressed a group of Swedish parliamentarians at the CHIPAWO Media Centre while on a visit to Zimbabwe from the States somewhere around 2003. Movingly, she acknowledged her debt to CHIPAWO, saying that it was CHIPAWO that had launched her on her theatre career and provided her with grounding in the performing arts. She explained that her membership of and experience in the CHIPAWO Youth Group made her and the others in the group believe that they could do anything they set their minds to. The sky was the limit. And it seems that this is exactly what is happening for Danai right now in the United States. The CHIPAWO youth group that Danai was referring to and of which she was...

Proud Chipawo Child – Girl Power – Anesu Cheryl Chinembiri

Anesu Cheryl Chinembiri is my name. I’m a young lady aged 21. CHIPAWO as an organization that has been working with children and young people for the past 25 years has been involved in many International festivals as well as exchange programmes. I was fortunate enough to attend a carnival that was held in Zambia and I felt honored as I had the opportunity to share the same stage with Dendera Kings including Sulumani Chimbetu himself. Chipawo as an ARTS EDUCATION FOR DEVELOPMENT AND EMPLOYMENT TRUST has greatly contributed to what I am today in terms of good leadership skills, communicationskills, confidence as well as being focused. This has greatly impacted on my Insurance and Risk Management career which I’m currently studying at the Midlands State University. I have been in CHIPAWO for the past 9 years and I strongly encourage young people to join CHIPAWO especially the Girl Child so that they also get equipped and develop their desirable...