Multimedia production studio Early Entertainment will on 31 October 2015 bring their first game-changing theatrical play “Voices In My Head” to life at the National Gallery of Zimbabwe in Bulawayo harnessing a welcome collaboration of local artists from different spheres.
Written and directed by 23-year-old studio founder Elliot Moyo, the witty play is set to introduce a whole new audience to the world of theatre through its welcome injection of young blood and fresh, modern ideas into the mix. Through collaborating with artistes from different fields ranging from technical designers for set construction to musicians for live soundtracks during the play’s run, the production is set to be a work of beauty coupled with an innovative story by an experienced playwright and screenwriter all wrapped into one. This brand of theatre is set to breach the barrier between film audiences and theatre audiences as it brings the best of both worlds to the stage in a dazzling display of the limitless wonder and beauty of live acting and performance.
“Voices In My Head” follows the story of Mandy; an outwardly normal young wife with a not-so-normal set of split personalities which tend to take on physical form. Haunted by her father’s abandonment of her mother, Mandy lives trapped in a state of constant fear, which her husband Mtha helplessly falls victim to. With her perfect marriage on the line, Mandy and her ever warring personalities must strike a balance before their whole world crumbles around them.
Drawing from his extensive experience with community theatre production, film production, photography and design, Elliot Moyo brought together a cast and crew of youthful industry professionals and students to breathe life into his ground-breaking idea. The play was co-produced with friend and award-winning fellow filmmaker/animator Mhle Nzima with the assistance of the National Gallery of Zimbabwe in Bulawayo as well as Alliance Française de Bulawayo; two institutions who were eager to promote young talent and ideas in the development of their art and culture. Both the Gallery and Alliance Française assisted the play’s producers with advice, resources, and even technical expertise throughout the course of their production to ensure their vision came to life as perfectly as they intended.
Beginning production in early September 2015, Elliot Moyo set about perfecting his script and scouting for potential actors for the production. “Voices In My Head” was penned to tell a very Zimbabwean story with a global appeal. The subject matter is something that everyone has experienced at one point or another in their lives; insecurity. Stemming from the writer’s brushes with friends and family afflicted with broken families, the subject became a matter of personal interest which he felt needed to be explored and addressed. The trick however was to do it in an entertaining narrative rather than through preachy lecturing. Entertainment is after all primarily intended to be enjoyed.
The key to executing the play with a seamless blend of entertainment and education lies in the storytelling’s innovative uniqueness and structure. Rather than simply showing the audience what happens in the life of an insecure person, the play goes a step further and shows them what happens in the person’s minds as well. There’s the sassy Mandie-B who always delivers a healthy serving of lip and the more composed Mandie-Mandy who is the hopeless romantic of the crew, always trying to see what she wants to in love. These opposing forces trying to meld together and coexist within the one mind of Mandy Goodwife form the core of the entertainment. Add the clueless husband Mtha into the mix, and the birth of a theatrical masterpiece is at hand.
The story is a well-researched and well-crafted portrayal of a post-modern relationship through which the audience witnesses the manifestation of everything the insecure heart fears, desires and learns along the way as it grows. With a vibrant young cast of stage and film actors including Donna N, Tracelley Bvungidzire, Exult Ncube, Amanda Dube, and Thelma Ncube the play boasts a mix of professionals and students with one thing in common, overwhelming talent and a passion for the arts. Their drive and eagerness resonated with Early Entertainment’s desire to entertain, inspire and develop young talent and art through working with fresh minds to become artistic giants. The high profile launch event of “Voices In My Head” will take place from 17:30 to 19:00hrs at the National Gallery of Zimbabwe in Bulawayo with a cover charge of only US$3. Tickets are available in advance at the Gallery reception desk and the show is running for one night only, therefore it’s an event not to be missed with a special meet and greet with the cast and crew.
Early Entertainment is a Bulawayo-Based multimedia studio and management agency which specializes in theatre; film and videography; photography; project management; and graphic design among several other artistic elements. It is directed by company founder Elliot Moyo who works in partnership with Mhle Nzima, co-director of Bulawayo-based rEBEL fILM pRODUCTIONS, among other talented individuals in the arts.