The Tellers is a WITT (Women in Theatre and Television) new musical that tells the story of eight women working at a supermarket that is 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.
We introduce fresh new talent and amazing new WITT members that include, among others, Donna Ncube, Lady Tshawe, Memory Mguni, Louisianna Charumbira, Delicacy Ngulube, Sharlene Ndlovu and Angel Mpofu. The Tellers is the expression of the strength and optimism of modern day women; an inspiring story of our strong women to be told again and again.
In addition to this, WITT aims to embark on a Girls'High Schools Tour Circuit in Bulawayo showcasing The Tellers following its premiere. The schools will include both public and private girls' schools as well as girls' boarding schools in surrounding districts. The objective is to create a unique WITT/ Status of Women Artists Action Plan (SOWAP) footprint in Girls' High Schools, as a prelude to Nhimbe’s 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Based Violence 2016 Edition of performances under the “Nhimbe 16 days programme”.
The show opens at Bulawayo Theatre Club on Wednesday 23 - 25 November before it goes on a national tour, appearing at festivals, among others, Ibumba festival 2016.
- Written by Raisedon Baya
- Music & Score By Bafana Dladla (Gugothandayo)
- Directed By Memory Kumbota and Saimon Mambazo Phiri
- Produced By Saimon Mambazo Phiri & Nonhlalo Dube for Nhimbe Trust
- Show: 2 x 45 min (1hr 30 in total)
- Cast of 15 people (11 women, 4 men)
Available dates: from 27 November till 19th December 2016
Available 2017 dates: from 11 January till 4 April 2016