After a brief break from theatre in the city of Kings and Queens, Nhimbe Trust through WITT (Women In Theatre and Television) brings the Bulawayo Theatre to life with The Tellers Musical pegged for November. This is a story of eight women working at a supermarket that’s struggling to stay in business due to the economic and financial woes gripping the nation in addition to rising competition from “illegal” vendors operating outside.
The women’s love lives, family issues, financial dire straits and religious beliefs are illustrated throughout the musical and intricately woven through music, dance and elements of poetry to tell a story filled with drama and despair but with hope and triumph. The Tellers features many of Bulawayo’s most versatile young, energetic and talented actresses, musicians, singers and dancers.
Nhimbe Trust continues to empower women in the arts fraternity and live up to their mission of advocating for public policies that recognise, enhance and foster the contribution that cultural industries make to the socio-economic development of Zimbabwe. Just last month Women In Theatre and Television successfully premiered Wives without Husbands at the Intwasa Arts Festival and each time they introduce new and promising actresses who continually depict the Zim socio – economic situation through theatre.
The cast includes the talented Donna Ncube, Lady Tshawe, Memory Mguni, Louisianna Charumbira, Delicacy Ngulube, Sharlene Ndlovu and Angel Mpofu among others. The musical is written by Raisedon Baya, Directed by Memory Kumbota and Saimon Mambazo Phiri, and produced by Nonhlalo Dube. You can catch the show at the Bulawayo Theatre from the 23rd to the 25th of November before it goes on a national tour. It will also headline the Ibumba festival in December and other festivals to follow next year. Here are some of the faces to look out for at the premiere: