Gaza monologues a hit

HARARE - Zambuko/Izibuko theatre group put up a splendid performance of The Gaza Monologues at the College of Music last week.

The play is about the tribulations of Palestinian children affected by Israel’s invasion of Gaza. Director Robert McLaren, however, brought the issues home by setting the play in the Gaza section of Harare’s oldest township of Mbare. McLaren used the technique successfully during Zambuko’s heyday in the 1980s and ’90s when the group – then based at the University of Zimbabwe – ran plays opposing South Africa’s apartheid policies.

“In the Monologues, the children of Gaza talk about their life in Gaza, their experiences during the Israeli invasion and what they feel and hope for now that it is over,” McLaren said.

By performing the Monologues, Zimbabwe joined about 40 other countries worldwide in showing solidarity with the children of Gaza. The play is based on 33 monologues composed by children aged 13 to 18, who are undergoing training at the Ashtar Theatre in Gaza.

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