Savanna Trust serves a timely and daring political tragicomedy, Liberation in Mucheke

After highly acclaimed and full house performances in Harare, Mutare and Bulawayo, Liberation is



making a final stop in Masvingo on 28 June en route to the National Arts Festival (NAF) in Grahamstown, South Africa. The award winning play written by Leonard Matsa and directed by Bongani Masango, Liberation,  explores Africa’s “liberation” moment and gives  an honest appraisal of what has (or hasn’t) fundamentally changed on the continent. Set in present day Zimbabwe, Liberation probes the meaning of liberation to generations, decades after independence. Never has the question been so relevant in Zimbabwe following the dramatic November 2018 shift in the political landscape. Liberation is a politically daring artistic meditation on the meaning of liberation in post-colonial Africa. Director, Daniel Maposa, says “Zimbabweans themselves must complete the total liberation of Zimbabwe.”

As part of Trust Africa’s Zimbabwe Alliance 2018 cohort of partners, Savanna Trust has taken Liberation to over a thousand people across Zimbabwe, engaging audiences in critical conversations around issues of freedom, corruption, democracy and good governance.  Lively post-performance discussions have tackled tough but important issues such as abuse of state power by the ruling elites, politically motivated violence, intimidation and disappearance of human rights defenders and citizens with alternative view, service delivery and the citizens’ role in building a democratic dispensation in Zimbabwe.

With its powerful story of a revolution derailed, potential for new heroes and a new path, Liberation is set to take these conversations and critical reflections beyond Zimbabwe’s borders as it makes its international premiere at the NAF, the largest arts festival in Africa and one of the largest performing arts festivals in the world. Liberation’s debut at the Festival is a testament to the power of theatre to spark important and provocative conversations at critical historical moments.

Liberation is powered by highly talented cast made up of veteran performers, Charles Matare and Daniel Maposa, Dereck Nziyakwi who occasionally features on the popular social media channel, Bustop TV, as DRC, Francis Nyakuhwa, and two NAMA award winners, Nyaradzo Nhongonhema and Rumbidzai Karize. The two shows in Masvingo will be at Charles Austin Theater on 27 June at 6pm and at Mucheke Hall on 28 June at 12pm.

Find your Liberation today! To get your tickets contact Nyasha Chagonda on 0773389262.


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