Meropa Production House will on March 26 host an event called Theatre by the Garden at Tashy’s Royal Garden in Boatle. The six-hour theatre production will take place as from 4pm to 10pm. One of the directors of the production Opelo Motswagae said their main objective is to stage an annual performing arts event to resuscitate and grow theatre, traditional music, and poetry skills in the South East community.
He said they want to raise community awareness on social issues affecting them daily and instigate a positive dialogue to address the issues. They also want a long term view of making South East district a performing arts epicentre for the country while at the same time replicating the theatre of the garden model across the country. According to Motswagae, the project will be the first one staged by Meropa Production House. There will be a 45 minutes stage theatre performance dubbed the ‘The Siblings Storm’ done by South East youth to depict socio economic issues and extended family setup conflicts.
Performances will come through Maletamostse Traditional dance Troupe, Ntirelang Berman and other traditional and contemporary poetry artists’ from South East and surrounding areas. The production is led by the talented Patrick Seitiso who is driving the creative direction of the project. Seitiso, who is currently a Principal Research and Evaluation Officer at the Ministry for Finance and Development Planning, is contributing his vast knowledge in socio economic dynamics in the project. Seitiso is not new to production, having been a key member of Reetsanang Association of Community Theatre Groups. He was the cast of Rebina Mmogo and Thokolosi and he has also directed several local music videos. “I also directed a musical theatre performance by Jam in Christ Group which was staged in Brussels, Belgium, commissioned by Botswana embassy,” he said.