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What are the themes of your play? 

The primary theme of the play is legacy and how we deal today with what has happened to us in the past.  It’s about fathers and their sons. The coming of age of a person and a country. It is also about theatre and how it inspires dialogue and healing.

Why did you write it and why now? 

What inspired me was my own personal coming of age and the political coup in Zimbabwe 2017. As I evolved and embraced more aspects of myself I started to ask questions about where I came from and the things in me which are unique to being a Zimbabwean in the diaspora.  It led me to some big questions which became extremely compelling to pursue.

Which playwrights are you influenced by and why?

So many! I do admire the multi-disciplinary playwrights from the Southern African tradition. Athol Fugard, John Kani, Winston Nthsona, Andrew Whalley, Cont Mhlanga,  Mbongeni Ngema-Percy Mtwa and Barney Simon. I am a big fan of Wole Soyinka and I really like my friends Dipo Agboluaje and Sibusiso Mamba.  This year I also loved Jasmine’s play seven methods of killing kylie jenner.

What do you want to achieve as a playwright?

Ultimately a vital dialogue with the audience, small or large.  Something powerful and true. I am also very keen to push expressionism and political satire.  I like to prove that theatre is the best form of storytelling.  It has the power to be both high and low in a in a way that is utterly life changing.  Basically I want to live forever onstage and off, lol.