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Bayaa��s Addicted: Shining the spotlight on womena��s addictions

Bruce Ndlovu
While he is known for his plays that put the countrya��s social, historical and political issues under the microscope, prominent playwright Raisedon Bayaa��s next play will see him explore some of the addictions that afflict everyday women in society.

Baya has brought to life the play Addicted, which was first conceptualised by Rudo Mtangadura.

The play will premiere later this month, with its first showing at the Bulawayo Theatre on 25 May before a second showing two days later.

The play has been billed as an imaginative yet truthful new play mixing physical theatre, poetry, storytelling and multimedia to tell the story of three women with different addictions.

The first protagonist Bubbles is addicted to the material things in life, with shoes and make-up being her most prominent weaknesses. The second, Rosemary, is obsessed with the appearance of her hair while the third, Linda, is a victim of an affliction that has become endemic in modern Zimbabwean society, as like many others she regularly turns to skin lightening creams in order to improve her appearance.

All of the women are characterised as angry, scared, sad and above all addicts of different afflictions that are all somehow connect to the same man.

The playa��s cast includes some of the citya��s best talents in Musa Sibanda, Charmaine Mudau, Lady Tshawe, Elton Sibanda and Patrick Mabhena.

In an interview Baya said that he had gone for a subject that people didna��t necessarily identify with him because playwrights around the country were now too focused on doing political plays thereby starving audiences of diverse subject matter.

a�?This is deliberate because I felt like everyone was now doing political plays hence the theatre scene was becoming saturated with plays that are too serious. This play is an attempt to try and break that monotony,a�? he said.