Zim version of Comrades to be staged in Sweden

FOLLOWING its successful showing at Reps Theatre in July, the Zimbabwean adaptation of Swedish playwright August Strindberg’s comedy Comrades is set to be staged in Sweden to celebrate the life and work of the playwright, novelist, poet, essayist and painter who died in 1912.

Report by Kundai Marunya

Strindberg is one of Sweden’s most widely-read and translated writers. First published in 1888, the staging of his play Comrades is part of the Strindberg 100-year anniversary commemorations since his death which are being held around the world and the Zimbabwean version is set to be part of the closing celebrations.

Directed by Zimbabwean Patience Tawengwa, Comrades is the debut production of the Arts Investment Trust founded last year with the objective of fostering growth and development in the local theatre industry.

According to the producers, Comrades highlights issues of marriage –– the responsibilities of each of the parties, the proper relationship between them, the respective rights, duties and priviledges of each. Comrades’ send-off show, held at the University of Zimbabwe’s Beit Hall last week, featured notable names in Zimbabwean theatre.

The four-part play is produced by Kevin Hanssen who recently featured in Table Manners at Reps, which received rave reviews, and Privilege Mutendera who starred in When Angels Weep.

Rutendo Chigudu who recently featured in the plays In the Continuum and Eclipsed at this year’s Harare International Festival of the Arts (Hifa) and Hifa-Direct alumni Leeroy Gono is also part of the cast.