BY DENTON CHIKURA
Imagine an African duo of actors with incredible comedic skill reinterpreting and reshaping European drama through the eyes of Zimbabwe, and you will get some idea of how absolutely delightful this production is to watch.
African actors, Chikura and Munyevo, who are based in London, are more than just a comic turn; they are an experienced and highly sophisticated pair of actors with a great mastery of timing and contrast, switching effortlessly from male to female and back again, and from slapstick to pain and tragedy.
Together they present a postcard from Zimbabweans to their counterparts abroad; inspired by the experiences of an estimated 3 million Zimbabweans that now live abroad and their own encounter of returning home.
They explore the issues and sense of displacement felt by their countrymen and relate it to their own experiences as black men in a white world. By doing so, the actors create a unique production that has a broad, loud, triumphantly energetic “township” style.
Democratic – a young man that goes back to Zimbabwe after ten years in England to bury his father, Trinity – a newly returned woman searching for a partner in Harare, Ambuya’s campaign for electricity and an eclectic revolving disc of characters and situations provide a lens for the consideration of ‘home’ and what it means to be a “diasporan” in your own country.
From the Education Coordinator…
WHY BRING YOUR STUDENTS TO MAGETSI? These 2 men are brilliant storytellers – transforming themselves with skill into the various characters of the story with minimal costume and props on a practically bare stage. They tell this story of cultural identity with both humour and emotion. This is a great opportunity for your students to see skilled international actors work.
DIRECTOR: Arne Pohlmeier
PERFORMERS: Denton Chikura and Tonderai Munyevu
Suitable for Years 8-12
Dates & Times:
11:00am, Thursday 14 March 2013
7:30pm, Friuday 15 March 2013
Student/Additional Teacher $23*
*Transaction fees apply
STEP 1. Download & Complete Booking Form
All bookings require a completed Booking Form. Risk assessments and education support materials (where provided) are available online. If you are from a Priority Funded School, please contact us regarding possible ticket subsidies that may be available to you.
STEP 2. Send your Booking Form to Us
Fax or e-mail your booking form to Riverside Education:
Fax: 02 9683 3267
Scan and E-mail: email@example.com
Mail: Amy Matthews, Riverside Education, PO Box 3636, Parramatta NSW 2124.
N.B. Please do not send any payments with your booking form. Riverside will confirm your booking and then forward an invoice for your deposit. Bookings are made in strict order of receipt of booking form.
STEP 3. Riverside will Confirm your Booking
Riverside will confirm your booking and invoice the school for a $125 deposit. Teachers receive complimentary seating on a 20:1 ratio (unless otherwise specified). Once you have paid your deposit, your booking is secure. You can request changes to student numbers up to 4 weeks prior to the performance.
STEP 4. Final Payment
Riverside will invoice you for the balance, payable 4 school weeks before your performance or workshop date. At that stage student numbers are final. Bookings cannot be held if your final payment is not received and the deposit is forfeited. An increase of numbers is possible after the final payment day and is subject to availability.
STEP 5. Final Information Sent to Schools
A letter of confirmation will be issued instead of individual tickets if you attending a performance that has been allocated as a schools matinee. For other general public performances, you will be issued with tickets which you will be required to collect from Box Office before the performance. Prior to your visit, we will send you detailed information via email to ensure you have a hassle-free excursion. This will include updating you on any possible changes to times or more detailed information as it emerges from the rehearsal process. Please ensure you have given a valid email address on your booking form.
STEP 6. Attend and Enjoy!
Seating at schools performances is general admission and schools will be asked to enter the theatre as a group. We advise arriving at the theatre approximately 30 mins prior to your performance.
Terms and Conditions
The following Terms and Conditions apply for each Riverside Education performance booking:
- A $125 non-refundable deposit is to be paid within 14 days of the booking being confirmed by Riverside;
- Changes to student numbers must be in writing and no later than school 4 weeks prior to the performance;
- Final payment is due 4 school weeks prior to the performance;
- Any changes to student numbers after this time are at the discretion of Riverside and subject to availability;
- The booking is made on behalf of the school and the school accepts liability to make payments on the due dates.
Please note all school bookings made within 4 school weeks of a performance date must be paid in full within 1 week of confirmation and are final. There are no refunds or changes to numbers or dates on these bookings. If you have concerns about meeting the terms and conditions, please contact the Community Relations & Education Coordinator on 8839 3308.
Please find a range of helpful teaching resources related to Magetsi, including the 2013 Curriculum Links, below: