Two local theatre organisations, Complete Arts Project and Global Arts Trust have re-written the Swedish Play, The Father, which deals with issues of centrality of a womanâ€™s position in a world dominated by man, adapting it to local audiences.
Written by August Strindberg, the theatrical play has been re-written and co- directed by veteran actor, Walter Muparutsa and theatre producer, Peter Churu.
The play which is currently showing at the just opened Nicoz Diamond Theatre venue in Harare seeks to highlight some of the challenges being faced by women today in a world which is dominated by man.
According to the co-producer of The Father, Peter Churu, the story which has been adapted by Complete Arts Project and Global Arts Trust Theatre surrounds the conflict of interest between one Captain and his wife, Laura.
The husband who is a Captain is an ex-military hero and a well-respected scientist who fights with his wife about how to raise their daughter, Bertha.
â€œThe Captain starts to believe that Bertha is not his child, and eventually is locked in a room, with bullets emptied from all guns, so the Captain may not shoot himself. Laura, who has now swayed the long contemplative Doctor and the Pastor into believing the Captain’s perhaps now legitimate insanity, attempts to put a straitjacket on him as he comes out,â€ said Churu.
Co-director of the play, Walter Muparutsa said the story line teaches men to respect their wives although still maintaining their role as husbands.
â€œAs artists we need to look at some of the challenges that face society especially when men deal with their wives in an artistic manner as one would find out that in the play the Captain cites numerous times in literature where there were references to illegitimate fathers and labels all women as his enemy,â€ Muparutsa said.
The play is largely symbolic, as the characters in The Father are symbols of masculine heroism versus feminine deceit.
It was written by Swedish playwright, August Strindberg in 1887.
The two film makers and theatre practitioners say although a number of productions are coming up in Zimbabwe, the industry faces a number of challenges in as far as venues and disposable income is concerned, making the industry less viable.