The Young Artistes Development School (YADS), are among groups that will participate at the annual Mitambo International Theatre Festival which starts on 22 September in Harare.
Mitambo, a brainchild of the Zimbabwe Theatre Academy Trust, is a summer theatre festival which allows local and global communities to access and celebrate the diversity of cultural identity and artistic expression.
Other participating organisations from Bulawayo are Geraldino Roche Drama, Khaya Arts and Sunduza Dance Theatre.
This year’s festivities will run under the theme “Upturn” and it’s inspired by the difficult times and experiences that people faced in Zimbabwe especially under the catastrophic Covid-19 lockdown and its restrictions.
YADS will perform their play titled Indodakazi/Mwanasikana which addresses issues of child and women abuse.
It was produced for the purposes of provoking the issue to the Zimbabwean community so as to have more conversations on how the issues can be tackled.
Mzingaye Ngwabi who is the director of YADS said they were excited to be part of the participants at the Mitambo International Theatre Festival.
“It’s a great honour for us to be called and be part of this year’s edition of Mitambo, it’s a sign that our works are visible and deserve to be given a larger platform to showcase our works as well as echo different issues that we are advocating for as an ensemble.
“We will present a play called Indodakazi which narrates issues surrounding child and women abuse.
We are also looking forward to learning some theatrical skills from other participants at the festival,” said Ngwabi.
Their play Indodakazi which also premiered at the Bulawayo Arts Festival, boasts of three Roil Bulawayo Arts Awards (RoilBAA) nominations in 2021.