Mildred Nkomo meets Hararians

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Mildred Nkomo meets Hararians Mildred Nkomo


Entertainment Reporter

Actress Mildred Nkomo comes under spotlight tonight and tomorrow when she performs a one-hander titled Secret of the Siren.

A Rooftop Promotions production, the potentially intriguing play was written and produced by Nelson Makapo.


In a statement, Rooftop Promotions’s Passmore Ndlovu said the hour-long play starts at 6pm on with fans forking out US$5.


Accord to the synopsis of the play, Secret of the Siren interrogates early marriages.


“The play is about a rushed marriage that eventually goes wrong.


“It interrogates sexuality on the African context while also encouraging African people to open up on issues to do with marriage, love and sexuality.


“The production experiments on the fusion of narrative monologues and physical theatre, multi-characterisation, shadow puppetry, use of visuals as well as other forms of multimedia.


“In putting this work together, the writer was inspired by one of the short stories that he had written in prose form into a stage play with the same title ‘Secret of the Siren’. He adds that people have secrets about their origin, ethnicity, sexuality among secrets.”


Added Ndlovu:


“According to Mildred Nkomo, the production seeks to foster collaborations among artists in Zimbabwe while also creating new markets and building new audiences amid the advent of the global COVID-19 pandemic. Secret of the Siren was first performed at the 2021 edition of the Intwasa Arts Festival in Bulawayo.


“It has travelled and was performed in different parts of the country including Bulawayo Theatre, Hwange Little Theatre, Memorial Public Library in Gweru, Kwekwe Theatre and will soon be performed at Charles Austin Theatre in Masvingo and Courtauld Theatre.”


Ndlovu said they were grateful of the support they have been receiving from National Arts Council of Zimbabwe, Hwange Colliery Company, an ANT Adaptation Fund grant from Pro Helvetia Johannesburg financed by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC).



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