Vongai Mbara Arts Reporter
Two Zimbabwean plays “Caged” and “Wedding Day” are set to feature at Kenya Film Festival that begins on Thursday in Kenya. The two plays were produced by Hurungwe Arts Festival that is under the curatorship of Joel Zilala. Zilala is excited to be part of the festival and will be leaving the country tomorrow together with the cast. The prestigious Kenya Film Festival has extended its wings to include theatre in its programme.
“This is such an amazing opportunity and I thank God for it. It is humbling to have your work recognised and it really motivates me. I will be leaving with the amazing cast and I cannot wait for Kenya to see the plays,” said Zilala.
“Caged” is a play that explores working relationships faced within organisations and it captures love, revenge, pain and rage On one Monday morning, workers at Kubika Sadza Industries are agitated by their overdue salaries, meanwhile, Midas, a college dropout is planning to mend bridges with his college sweetheart Kundai. The second play tilted “Wedding Day” explores emotions, blackmail, threats and persuasions traded while guests celebrate the perfect marital union. What looks like a perfect wedding of young virgins is a vicious struggle of individuals with conflicting agendas but keeping up appearances in front of their wedding guests.
“Sabrina, a morally loose woman who has two kids from different fathers is a new girl in church but does not want this piece of her history to be known so she plays a holy virgin propped up by her hired auntie. The discovery makes interesting storyline,” said Zilala. Both plays have been staged at various venues in the country and received exciting reviews for the expertise that the casts show. The trip is a boost for Hurungwe Arts Festival, which has annually strived to bring arts together in Mashonaland West. The festival brings together different arts genres from many parts of the country. Taking plays from the festival to Kenya is evidence of Zilala’s hard work in promoting the arts.