The School of International Relations at the University of St Andrews offers a rare opportunity to experience an extraordinary play here, in North East Fife.
The stage is a powerful weapon with which to resist state crime; a weapon that can be wielded against a government’s oppression, violence, injustice, and tyranny against its people.
This provocative and disturbing play assumes the mantle of resistance and tells the story of Gukurahundi, the term given to Zimbabwean state-sanctioned atrocities carried out in Matabeleland on the ethnic minority known as the Ndebele, between 1982-1987, by the notorious Fifth Brigade. During Gukurahundi there was mass everything… mass killings, mass rape, mass torture, mass beatings, mass starvation, mass graves. One of the most painful aspects of this genocide is that the plight of the victims and survivors continues to be unacknowledged. This provocative and disturbing play gives voice to hundreds of thousands of victims and survivors of Gukurahundi and tells the untold story of Matabeleland’s lived and memorised experiences of the fear and horrors it endured. It is a story that is forbidden to be told within Zimbabwe’s borders; doing so invites the wrath of the oppressive state machinery of Zimbabwe, with those directly responsible for orchestrating Gukurahundi continuing to hold senior positions in the government to this day, including the newly installed President, Emmerson Mnangagwa.
The play is produced by the Siphesakhe Youth Organization, based in Cape Town, South Africa. The play received outstanding reviews when launched in June 2016 at Hillbrow Theatre, Johannesburg
You will find more information about this fascinating play here:
Suitable for ages 14+