Following a successful show at last year’s HIFA, Coming to Zimbabwe is making a return to Harare’s Reps Theatre as part of a Southern African tour.
A comic tale of a man who came to Harare from Los Angeles after his life seemed to be crumbling. The play is a portrayal of life changing events that happened after the playwright James Carey visited the country in 2012. Carey, who is the star of the one man play, plays himself as a Los Angeles theatre director who was invited to adjudicate the National Institute of Allied Arts (NIAA) festival.
“In America,” he says, “I had almost lost my job, my house and my business was on the low, then the opportunity to come to Zimbabwe came.” He said he fell in love with the country and stayed for a month in which he managed to find himself again.
“The visit energized me and working with children reminded me of the reason I got into theatre, it was really amazing,” he enthuses. He was invited to come with the play to HIFA last year and it was sold out before he even got on a plane to Harare. Carey extended his stay after the festival as Reps Theatre invited him to perform for a further three days, all to sold out audiences. “When I was invited to stage at HIFA I thought I was going to have an audience of maybe three people each day for the three days, I was not expecting sold out shows,” said Carey.
Coming to Zimbabwe will return to Reps Theatre on Friday to run for three days before heading to Malawi’s Masdoc Theatre in Lilongwe and Cape Town’s Theatre Arts Admin Collective.
The show starts at 7pm, cost $10.