It may have gone unnoticed by many people that Silvanos Mudzova- Zimbabwean writer was awarded the 2017 Havel prize for Creative Dissent from the Human Rights Forum. This was for his play “Missing Diamonds- I need my share’. He is currently on an arts scholarship and professional writing residency at Manchester University. The Uk based Nehanda TV broadcast an interview with him on 13 March 2017.
Zimbabwean artists are still pushing around the Uk and entertaining the public. In August 2016 we had a delightful performance in Maidenhead at the city centre theatre from Tsungai Tsikirai supported by the beautiful sounds of the Green Arrows Band and the dancers from Flame Lilly Arts. She was launching her new album “Breaking Boundaries”. UZambezi led by Lucky Moyo also gave us some of their great vocal sounds. The costumes were beautifully designed for the event.
As the young struggle to break through I urge you again to get down to the National Theatre this autumn. Lucien Msamati plays the lead as Salieri in Peter Schaffer play “Amadeus”. Not content with his recent brilliant performances at the Tricycle Theatre(A Wolf in Snake Skin shoes) and Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom at the National Theatre he is seriously storming the West End. The run is almost sold out. Still you might still catch him on TV in Game of Thrones or the first series of Luther. You can also find him as the Garage owner in the TV production of the No1 Lady’s Detective Agency. I was hugely honoured to work with him when he cam to Sheffield some years ago as part of Harare’s Over the Edge Theatre Company in a wonderful performance of Twelfth Night. So I am biased.