Scheduled to take place from April 24 to 27, the prestigious April International Theatre Festival (AITF), which has been organised by the Zambian theatre group, will be held in at the Lusaka Playhouse near the Holiday Inn, off Independence Avenue.
Ghetto Waves will be amongst a number of theatre groups from all over the world. This is the third time Ghetto Waves is showcasing their talent outside the shores of Botswana. The Francistown-based theatre group took part in the Intwasa Arts Festival in Zimbabwe’s second city of Bulawayo in August 2011. And last September, Ghetto Waves was among the regional as well as international theatre groups in Lilongwe, Malawi, for the Mwezi Walala International Arts and Theatre Festival. During the Lusaka festival organised by the Yezi Arts Promotions and Productions, Ghetto Waves will perform their play The Debt on April 27. The Botswana representatives will also take part in a number of workshop sessions.
In separate interviews with Showbiz, both Ghetto Waves and the AITF organisers confirmed the Francistown-based theatre group had accepted an invitation to perform on the north-western side of the border. “It is true that Ghetto has been selected to participate at the prestigious AITF late next month and the group has also accepted the invitation made following the selection process,” said Ian Mwiinga of Yezi Arts Promotions and Productions.
In an interview conducted through Skype, Mwiinga said Yezi Arts is looking forward to Ghetto Waves’ participation at the prestigious event whose aim is to develop theatre and arts excellence in Zambia and the rest of the sub-region. Mwiinga said Ghetto Waves was a marvel to watch during the Malawi show last year saying Zambians who attended the Mwezi Walala Arts Festival are the ones who asked his organisations to invite the Francistown group.
Ghetto Waves Production Manager Lionel Nkosi said he is humbled by the recognition that his work is receiving from the region. Nkosi said it is gratifying to note that the region is recognising the talent that Botswana has.
“Ghetto Waves pulled a shocker in Malawi last year. And they had done the same in Zimbabwe during the Intwasa Festival. We are looking forward to building a wider network by participating in festivals of this magnitude,” he said. Nkosi is optimistic that his crew that comprises Kwenze Poelo Mguni, Tshepo Tom, Mothusi Onneile, Lorraine Monnawapula, Gosego Madziba and Koketso Keolopile will leave a lasting impression in Zambia.
Ghetto Waves Productions, the only selected theatre institution from Botswana, will stage The Debt, a play that centres around a young man who finds himself burdened by debt after being retrenched.