Savanna Trust and Theatre in The Park this week brings you a high riding Half Empty/ Half Full production.
The play will run as from the 11th to the 14th of May 2016.
Half Full/Half Empty has performed at various festivals in the region such as Tsoho International Community Theatre and Dance Festival (South Africa) Blantyre Arts Festival (BAF; Malawi), INTWASA Arts Festival (Bulawayo) and Harare International Festival of the Arts (HIFA).
The playâ€™s cast comprises of Zimbabwean National Arts Merit Awards (NAMA) 2010 â€œBest theatre actorâ€ winner Teddy Mangawa and the one of the most talented finds in the Zimbabwean theatre industry since 2011; Tafadzwa Hananda Best Theatre actor NAMA (2013). Together, they form a highly creative and brilliant duo that has taken the Zimbabwean industry by storm.
Half empty/Half full is directed by award winning South African Mncedisi Shabangu
The play is developmental theatre production which focuses on the pro-poor agenda. It identifies poverty and poor growth as a resultant of inadequate and ineffective policies that fail to empower women and youth in Zimbabwe.
Looking at the youth as the microcosm of a citizenry that is greatly impacted by gross mismanagement of power and resources, the issues that are explored in the play are:
Selected development of infrastructure in identified provinces is done through unconstitutional means which are not transparent. The construction of infrastructure is done on political grounds that respect the ruling partyâ€™s interests at the discretion of top government officials and their loyal provincial leadership which gains from their alliance with the top brass politicians.
The spirit of sovereignty and nationalism has been replaced by promotion and success based on the tribal lines, network circles, government affiliation, bootlicking and many other traits which demonstrate a sectarian manipulation and profiteering of government systems.
Savanna Trust director Daniel Maphosa said the play feeds off the Zimbabwean Constitution and through a simple plot, interwoven with various sub-plots portrays sensitive contemporary Zimbabwean problems being faced by the rural folk the youth and their city kinsmen.
Dr. Samuel Ravengai (Theatre lecturer, director: University of Zimbabwe) said the playâ€™s style, pace and energy, compact dialogue and strong characterization remind him of Athol Fugardâ€™s dramaturgic excellence.
â€œIt has brilliant characterisation. It is brilliant contemporary absurdist drama and it is proudly Zimbabweanâ€.
Half Empty/Half Full is a story about two villagers who grew apart only to be united by fate. On the eve of their departure to the city, they both discover LOVE. Teddy is in love with his fiancÃ© Vimbai, who has borne him beautiful twin sons. Tafadzwa is in love with his dying sister. The story takes a turn when they hear that there is a diamond rush somewhere in Zimbabwe. Their hearts yearn for the riches and their dreams swell of greed. In the end one friend has to make a sacrifice and remain behind in the village. The river has gone dry. It is Half Empty/Half Full.
Play title: Half Empty/Half Full
Performance style: Physical Theatre
Running time: 1 hr
Story created by: Tafadzwa Hananda and Teddy Mangawa
Play written and directed by: Mncedisi Shabangu (South Africa)
Actors: Tafadzwa Hananda and Teddy Mangawa