Women in Theatre unveils gender violence play

As part of the 16 days of activism against gender-based violence, Bulawayo’s Women in Theatre last week showcased their latest production, Song of a Woman.

The play, which was premiered at the Bulawayo Arts Gallery, highlights the plight of a young woman caught between cultural and modern marriage values. Her mother-in-law wants grandchildren and her aunt is more concerned with the material things that come from her marriage.

There is a thread of hope in the story when her husband, Julius Fanta, stands by her side and reconfirms his love, despite the couple not having children.

“Some of these domestic violence incidents are initiated by family members. They can cause tension between couple so this play encourages men to stand by their partners when such things happen. The play also encourages men to desist from violent behaviour,” said Nonhlalo Dube, the coordinator of WIT in an interview with The Zimbabwean.

WIT was formed by a group of female artists to promote visibility and increase opportunities for women in the theatre sector.

The association also promotes the mentoring of women artists and development of plays by women writers, directors and producers.

The organisation is supported by Amakhosi Academy and Nhimbe Trust.

The play features Nomvuyiso Mpofu, Sithandazile Dube, Xenia Dhlomo, Seargirl Dube, Kenneth Chikweza and Thulani Mbambo.

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