Thursday, August 16, 2012

Roki and Maneta In Theatre Encounter

Theatre lovers in Zimbabwe will revisit some scenes from this year’s Big Brother StarGame at Theatre in the Park in a play titled Roki and Maneta (Encounter).

Roki will personally play his role while Maneta’s role will be taken by Nothando Nobengula.
The play, written by veteran playwright Stephen Chifunyise, is a light-hearted production infused with dance, music and a bit of comedy.

It also seeks to redress the memories gone through by Roki and Maneta during their stint in the reality show.

Produced and directed by Daves Guzha, the play will run at Theatre in the Park from August 21 to 24. Two shows will be staged each day.

Speaking to NewsDay, Chifunyise said the idea was to offer a platform to Roki and Maneta where they could express their artistic creativity positively and in a more controlled manner.

“The idea is set to relive all that drama, rivalry and what we could rather refer to as their ‘tragic error’.

“The subsequent disqualification of the pair from the reality show added fuel to the fire as emotions hit the roof with followers of the reality show taking turns to heap blame on the two for their reckless behaviour.

“However, it is important at this juncture to give our artistes the positive platform to showcase their talent since their stint in the game also attracted international audiences,” Chifunyise said.

The cast also comprises of the very talented actress Chipo Bizure and Michael Kudakwashe, who will be judges.

The disqualification of Roki and Maneta from the StarGame has become one of the most talked about rivalries on the entertainment scene.

Their brawl has set a trend to some of the most famous comic stories in the social lives of many people today.

Chifunyise added that there were plans to take the play outside the usual venue Theatre in the Park in the long run.

“The idea is for people to see this play and perceive from a positive point of view and not only negatively. We also have plans to take the play around the country,” he said.

What arguably makes the play interesting is that Roki will be making his debut appearance on the theatre stage and will be joined by an equally talented and experienced cast.

By Simbarashe Manhango / NewsDay - Zimbabwe

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