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Not So Concrete

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Not So Concrete

The nature of the Zimbabwean dramatic arts industry has always been about a bunch of people with a lot of heart and passion struggling their way through and learning through their numerous failures. There are very limited places where one can go and learn about the craft they hope to hone. So when an opportunity to learn from the world’s best presents itself it ceases to be about the individual playwright who is going to be in the workshop but the countless people who are going to benefit from that work. It becomes a case of the whole industry standing up and saying YES, that piece of work was honed and that was astounding.

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The Right Set of Skills

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The Right Set of Skills

Before I attended Almasi African Playwrights Festival, If I was asked if I could see progress in the space of two weeks, the answer was going to be an unequivocal no. I had been playing and toying with an idea since the beginning of last year. That year ended with a half finished product. At the beginning of this year, that half-finished play had become a play. I even kidded myself into believing that the play was complete. It needed a few rewrites here and there, is what I told myself some days. Other days the more the deadline to send in my play loomed, so did the self-doubt grow. The thing is this, I totally believed in the story I wanted to tell, but did I know the story? Could I see the whole story in my mind and so in effect translate it for the page? Again, no. It was a series of shadows, elusive, dancing in the peripheries of my dreams. I was floundering. At the very worst, I did not want to show anyone what I had written, what I had been up to when I had been quite secretive about what I was writing.

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It Can Only Get Better

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It Can Only Get Better

The most important lesson I learnt about playwriting during the Playwright’s Festival is that a play that goes through a rigorous development process can only get better. Under the guidance and help of Robert Egan and Stephen Belber, I watched in delightful surprise as my play continuously improved right until the day of the staged reading. The play I submitted for the festival was a play called ‘Relentless’ which I had used to apply to Juilliard playwright’s program in 2013. I didn’t get into Juilliard so I decided to take advantage of the Playwright’s Festival to further develop this play (and maybe find out why I didn’t get into Juilliard).

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