Murambatsvina, opened here last week.
The play deals with the drama and comedy of two desperadoes whose destinies cross during the nationwide slum ‘clean-up’. According to a United Nations report, the government operation to restore “legality” and order in the urban slums rendered 700,000 people homeless and affected another 2,4 million.
Rolling Heads is the story of two Zimbabweans trying to escape the madness, as homes are demolished and families scattered by the upheavals of Murambatsvina. The play highlights the resourcefulness of Osborn and Memory who make survival plans no matter what life throws at them.
The story is a crazy comic journey that starts in a cemetery where Osborn is attending the funeral of his best friend. When Osborn upsets some mourners, all hell breaks loose and he has to take refuge in a catacomb under the cemetery, where Memory offers him a way out of the mayhem.
Memory has made a magical machine, Son of the Soil, which can take them to
On the way they have to deal with home and the heart, pitfalls, presidents and municipal mishaps – on course for a guaranteed meeting with destiny.
Rolling Heads also has a serious side as it examines the nature of two citizens’ complicity in the momentous events unravelling around them. As audiences dig into the pasts of Osborn and Memory they uncover moments of hope and betrayal.
The play also explores
Rolling Heads is a Zimbabwean initiative, written by Andrew Whaley and directed by Adam Neill and features Zimbabwean actor, Dylan Wilson-Max together with Cape-based actor Thembinkosi Njokweni.
Rolling Heads has also brought a totally new experience of theatre to