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Glen View Workshop

Posted by on Mar 22, 2016 in Blog, Gideon Jeph Wabvuta, March 2016 | 0 comments

Glen View Workshop

In 2013, I had the opportunity to be part of the Almasi playwrights intensive workshop with Nikkole Salter. This workshop changed the way I thought about playwrighting, so whenever I would stand up and talk about playwrighting I was coming from an informed point of view. Fast forward 3 years later, I’m asked to hold a 5-day playwriting workshop for a group of school leavers in Glen View. I took up the opportunity. In a rush, I created a comprehensive curriculum based on what I had been taught by Nikkole. As I walked into the room with the youths and commenced a conversation with them, I realized I had to go back to the basic story creation.

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Facilitating the Writer’s Dialogue

Posted by on Mar 21, 2016 in Blog, Gideon Jeph Wabvuta, March 2016 | 0 comments

Facilitating the Writer’s Dialogue

I am a writer who works on a thousand things at the same time, up to the point that I write 4-5 plays at the same time (or rather I draft 5 plays and really focus on 1). So when I got the chance to present my latest work, family riots, at the Almasi writers’ dialogue I was thrilled. I had a testing ground for my new work. The experience was quite good, as I was struggling to nail down the concrete plot line of my story. I knew my plot was full of holes, and I was desperate to plug them but I was struggling to find them. So after the play was read out the holes were exposed. I was desperately trying to note them down. I also got the grand opportunity to hear my play aloud, which quickly made me realize my dialogue was not exactly how I wanted it to sound. I quickly went back to it and re-wrote it.

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Spotlight: Gideon Jeph Wabvuta

Posted by on Mar 19, 2016 in Blog, Gideon Jeph Wabvuta, March 2016 | 0 comments

Spotlight: Gideon Jeph Wabvuta

I have been working with Almasi since its first staged reading, A Raisin in the Sun, when I was still a theatre student at the University of Zimbabwe. From the reading, I was fortunate to be accepted into the playwrights intensive which was run by Nikkole Salter. There I was selected as the participant who was to be mentored by Nikkole. This was followed by another staged reading of The Convert, directed by Danai Gurira. The end of the year saw the full production being done where I reprised my role as Chilford. All this was a balancing act as I was still a student at the UZ. During the full production of The Convert, I would go to an exam in the morning then rush to rehearsal. It wasn’t an easy task, but it clearly taught me resilience, hard work and discipline.

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