Theatre organisation Patsime Trust is to set unveil a new world-class theatre, in Harare tomorrow. The Jasen Mpepho’s little theatre is named after the organisation’s director.
The new space is set to showcase a number of events among them theatre plays, theatre in education productions, poetry slams, dance classes, movie nights and Friday nightlife events.
Speaking to Urban Culxure Jasen Mpepho said “the team appreciates the many strides made by the existing theatres in Harare and indeed Zimbabwe as a whole. Patsime Trust is establishing itself not as competition, but rather to compliment the efforts of fellow theatre houses to foster the growth of the arts in the country. Already, a functional team exists, that has run around tirelessly in preparation not only for the launch but for the various projects that will be running from the day after the launch. The trust plans to hit the ground running by putting up events as well as projects that cater to everyone.”
The theatre is meant to be an open forum, a safe space for growth, innovation, and creativity for artists. It is going to be a hub where artists of all forms; be it, dancers, singers, poets, actors, musicians, directors and producers will converge showcase and express their talent.
“My desire is that this theatre can be an agent of social change and positive development,”. stated Mpepho
The theatre will also run a Woman Crush Wednesday (WCW) initiative specifically to promote women participation in the arts industry. “We are inviting partners from women artists, individuals and other organisations interested in supporting women participation in arts to come through and work with them on the project as well as on other projects they will be facilitating and running” added Mpepho.
The new facility which has been under construction since November 2018 is almost complete and will be officially be launched in a black-tie event slated for Wednesday 8 May 2019.
The launch will be graced by corporates, arts organisations, universities, partners, and as well as members of the press.
Inside Out a play by Raisedon Baya is set to be the first production that will be staged at the Jasen Mphepo’s little theatre on Thursday, May 9.