Rooftop Promotions (RP) launched the much anticipated revamp of Theatre in the Park in Harare Gardens at a groundbreaking ceremony held yesterday.
The new theatre will seat 500 people in its location near the Park View Restaurant, breathing fresh life into Harare’s theater scene.
RP have partnered with several stakeholders and undertaken new initiatives to ensure the success of the theater going forward. For example, productions will be streamed live to audiences unable to attend the shows, with the option for interaction with the actors and producers after a performance is complete, to give feedback and enrich the audience’s experience. Other innovations include sending audiences away with DVDs of the performance they have watched, and providing child minding services for parents looking for an adult culture fix.
Speaking at the ground breaking ceremony, RP director, Ray Mawerera, said “we are obviously excited about it because it is a world class venue, as you will hear from the presentations that are going to follow. It was modeled from the Dare/Enkundleni concept, where the community gathers together to openly discuss and resolve pertinent issues, both the contentious and the not so contentious.”
The mayor of Harare, Bernard Manyenyeni urged RP to be inclusive and promote upcoming artists. “I urge you to use this centre to promote budding talent in our youth and discover any untapped talent in the elderly as well. I hope you will venture into high density suburbs like Mbare, Highfield and Mufakose in search of talent. Be inclusive as possible,” he said.
Concluding his speech the Mayor said, “the talent you will groom from this centre should be the brand ambassadors for Harare and Zimbabwe. When you write your plays and other related works-may I appeal to you talk about Harare and its abundant beauty.”
Speaking to Harare News on the sidelines of the ground breaking ceremony RP Producer, Daves Guzha said, “the construction is to the tune of $200,000 and will be completed by year end. This would not have been possible without the active involvement of the City Council and other stakeholders.”
The state of the art building is looking to offer theatre lovers three membership packages that will see members and their friends getting ticket discounts and prime seats among other benefits.
The ceremony ended with the Mayor planting a Theatre in the Park tree, to wish for growth and happiness.