The Stage Play “Untikolotshi” (the goblin) was premiered last week Friday at the National Arts Gallery in Bulawayo. The play is a story of a young girl who has a baby and refuses to name the father of the baby. Her demise worsens as the goblin continues to threaten and abuse her. Confession is made at the end,who the father of the baby is leaving the girl’s father to take drastic action to deal with the goblin.The Bulawayo National arts gallery theater was fully packed with audiences from different age groups who occupied the theater room to watch the one and half hour play.
Untikolotshi was written by Nonhlalo Dube (a creative artists and a National arts Merit award winning sitcom writer “Mr Perfect”,she is currently director and project coordinator of an arts organisation called ND). The play was directed by Styx Mhlanga and produced by Theater for Everyone- Bulawayo programme. As for the cast of the play, Fortune ‘Folomani Ruzungunde, Tsitsi Gumbo, Nomvuyiso Mabi,
Greatjoy Hlatshwayo, Buhlebenkosi Maphosa, John Mabuyane and Primrose Ndlovu made up the ensemble. The play showed the importance of education towards the girl child,the use of traditionalism as an advantage to secure one’s security in an evil way and also child abuse.
Untikolotshi is premiered at a time when some African countries such as Zimbabwe, Malawi, Nigeria etc are pushing for the recognition of the importance of education to every child despite their gender. Child abuse such as early marriage and the use of children for some “cultural practices” were highlighted in this play which left the audience filled with sorrow and humour.
Nonhlalo and her crew promised their audiences that they should expect another play, titled ‘Reflection ‘which will be premiered on the 27th of May.
However on the other hand Bulawayo which is known as the hub of the arts industry has faced a number of challenges in the arts sector,some of the challenges involve the shortages of Theater studios and stages.