About Us

The Play

In November 2017, Zimbabwe experienced a tense political situation which then resulted in the resignation of former President Robert Gabriel Mugabe. The operation which was led by the Zimbabwe Defence Forces (ZDF) with the help of the masses of Zimbabwe was dubbed as “Operation Restore Legacy”  

The Crew

Dave Ghuzha

a prominent Zimbabwean artist with a long and distinguished career on both stage and screen

Kelvin Ruzhunde

Kelvin is aged 23 and has worked with the Charles Austin Theatre as a technician since 2013.

Robson Masocha

A Karate instructor who has also found new passion in acting and is also appearing in his first theatre production ever

Marayane Mtetwa

First time on stage,he is an administrator who is largely involved with the technical part of the play.

Rosemary Zivanai

Rosemary is a very vibrant and blooming theatre and film practitioner whose interest in both mediums is unlimited

The Story

Synopsis

Vice President Emerson Mnangagwa has been ousted. Other senior members of the party have been kicked out, and more purges are coming. The condescending first lady is writing and rehearsing her speech for the final youth interface rally in Harare, where she intends to gloat about her “Firing of Mnangagwa” and her unstoppable rise to the “iron throne”.

Before the night ends, things take a dramatic turn. Robert Mugabe walks in escorted by a military officer and General Chiwenga, who has come to arrest a deteriorating national security situation. It is at this moment that everything begins to go downhill for the first family.

Despite one or two tricks to hold on to power, including consulting sangomas, bribing and seducing the General, Robert and Grace Mugabe soon learn that events have overtaken Them and the nation is ready to move forward without them and they finally decide that Robert Mugabe steps down, marking wild celebrations amongst the people.

It was Asante Sana and good night to the old regime.

Production House

Behind The Scenes

Charles Austin Theatre

Charles Austin Theatre first opened its doors in 1974 and has been a fully functioning standard theatre house ever since. It is Masvingo Province’s only theatre house and Zimbabwe’s third largest, and one of the country’s most vibrant theatre houses with a calendar full of the theatre activities running from the beginning to the end of each year. The Charles Austin Theatre is run by an executive committee called the Masvingo Theatre and Arts Club which is registered with Zimbabwe’s National Arts Council (N.A.C).

The theatre’s multi-award winning drama company, which also goes by the name the Masvingo Theatre and Arts Club, has performed at prestigious arts festival such as the Harare International Festival of the Arts (H.I.F.A.) and some of its actors and actresses have performed abroad. The drama club has been a permanent fixture at Great Zimbabwe University’s annual arts festival, Dzimbabwe Arts Festival and also at the Annual Invitational One-Act Festival of Zimbabwe.

The Charles Austin Theatre has also introduced drama festivals that have positively affected and teenage theatre potentials such as Masvingo’s Annual High School Drama Festival which has been running for over 25 years (now renamed the Doug Hill High School Drama Festival).

 

Rooftop Promotions

Rooftop Promotions is an arts institution which has been in operation for close to three decades and whose celebrated works have often focused on socio-political and economic crisis and curtailment of rights. It has severely critiqued through tragi-comedy plays and political satire those in power and encouraged Zimbabweans to speak out on issues of bad governance, lack of freedom of expression, oppression, conflict and discrimination. 

Rooftop Promotions has had an important role in developing and nurturing an indigenous performing arts sector in Zimbabwe. A large number of commercial artists and technical personnel related to theatre and filmmaking have engaged at various levels through Rooftop Promotions. Since 1986, the institution has evolved dramatically repositioning and realigning with the dynamic times to serve the arts and society more purposefully and more effectively.

The pay offline for Rooftop is: It’s Not Just Art…. It’s A Way of Life

Charles Munganasa

Theatre playwright Charles Munganasa decided to document the whole event in documentary theatre play dubbed “Operation Restore Regacy”. The play title is derived from the manner in which the former Commander of the Zimbabwe Defence forces would pronounce the word “ Legacy” as “Regasi”. The play particularly focuses on events which took place in the Blue Roof Mansion which is the Mugabes’ official residency. Thou most of the action is imaginary, the playwright was guided by inside information on what transpired in the Blue Roof mansion and also merged this information with actual events.