The Molapo Stanbic Bank Piazza will host its first ever theatre show from the 13th through 16th February, and what better way than to premiere with Cattle Drive, an epic play about two half brothers who undertake the delivery of cattle through the bush of Botswana; from Ghanzi to Lobatse.
Cattle Drive is an important piece of Botswana’s historical journey-though seldom told. The story is set in the 1960s when cattle were driven to abattoirs on foot and a series of fire side stories and songs feature greatly in the play. Cattle ranching is the country’s third largest revenue earner, and its high quality, free-roaming beef is primarily exported to the United Kingdom and the European Union.
In an interview, owner of Molapo Crossing, Luc Vandecasteele, said for the past 2 years, the Piazza had been functioning mainly by hosting events organised by outside promoters, but this year he has decided to be more proactive and not wait for outside promoters to bring events.
“I had the fortune to meet the people from Rose Bank theatre while in Cape Town, they are a small group and have a link with Gaborone already as they were involved in the setting up the No.1 Ladies opera House together with David Slater, and one of the actors is actually Motswana who studied in Cape Town,” Vandecasteele told WeekendLife.
He said that the story is moving and it will be great if the youth can come see the play. The thespians, according to him, will be in the country for 5 days, and he is currently trying to arrange with schools through government so that the group can do a free performance for them.
“Theatre is not a new medium per se, but for Gaborone is a new thing. We hardly ever have theatre locally, save for the ones at Maitisong. I am hoping we can change that and host theatre on a monthly basis. This group has already agreed that they will come every two months. I am hoping to have similar contacts with local groups for the same,” he asserted.
Vandecasteele also revealed that they will next host Moratiwa, a musical produced by Jazz maestro, Socca Moruakgomo. His interest in theatre, he said, stems from his wish that creativity could be encouraged in Botswana from as early as primary school. He views the Arts (visual, performing) as a way of encouraging creativity among people and thinks that should they (the arts) be given a platform to flourish, they could go a long way in instilling creativity in kids from an early age.
He said he was hopeful that they can attract as many theatre lovers for the show as possible. “Theatre has not been that viable in Gaborone, but I am trying to prove that it is doable,” he said.
The event is partly sponsored by Air Botswana. So far, he said, he has had confirmation from Embassies who have purchased tickets for their staff as well to attend. The Ambassadors of the United States, Germany, South Africa and Japan are among those that will be attending.
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