The play Liberation continues to push boundaries.
In October 2016, at its launch, the play broke attendance records at Theatre in the Park in Harare. In February 2017, it won 3 of the 4 theatre awards at the National Arts Merit Awards and in May 2017 it left audiences at HIFA breathless due to its “brave” content and performance. The production went on to have a closed door performance exclusively for Zimbabwean human rights and social activists with an aim of trying to inspire them to have a re-look into their strategies. The social movements were stunned by how the production poignantly dealt with the issues that affect the Zimbabwean people.
Fast forward to August 2017, the play has been afforded a rare opportunity by the organisers of the SADC People’s Summit. Liberation has been invited to perform at the opening plenary of this high profile event that brings together Non-Governmental Organisation, Civil Society and other stakeholders from the SADC region to discuss and map a way forward on the challenegs being faced by the people of this region. This is the first time that a play has been programmed at such an important session like the opening Plenary. Savanna Trust believes that this has been possible because the play does not only deal with issues that are peculiar to Zimbabwe but the issues that it addresses resonate with the whole region.
Liberation is a candid and daring artistic production that questions the meaning of Liberation in post-colonial Africa. While African countries got independence from the colonisers; is the self- rule translating into the people’s well being or only a few ruling elites have access to and control of the means of production? It is the way it tackles these questions that we believe charmed the organisers of the People’s Summit.
The play will be performed on the 17th of August 2017 at 6:30pm at the historic Constitutional Hill in Johannesburg, South Africa.