Robinson Crusoe Theatre Review
REPS historically is the centre of Zimbabwe’s theatre universe having been around for a while. It has played host to some amazing performances, most recently being Joseph and The Technicolor Dreamcoat.
The Robinson Crusoe pantomime is not one of those performances.
The play presented by REPS, was well, at best poor. The classic script which has elements that should be consigned to history or at least tweaked because of the racial overtones which may have been acceptable in its day and age was not the best choice. It was completely disconnected from the audience and to be fair, it is about time REPS realised that it is in Zimbabwe.
The singing was flat, some of the timing non-existent and though there were funny bits they were corny and well, old world. It was really difficult to get through; particularly so for me because I was sitting next to the Mayor His Worship Muchadeyi Masunda, with Spanish Ambassador Her Excellency Pilar Ferragut on the other side of him.
There were times when was not sure what was happening on stage and kids simply ran around picking a vacant space so as not to trip over. The music was dated and was probably more fun for people who were not that cool in the 80s.
Sometimes we are prone to commending effort but to ask people to pay $15 for something that poor is unfair and an insult. We understand that this is amateur theatre and that the performers are not being paid for but unfortunately that simply does not cut it. Especially, for that price. Some of the performers have bags of potential but it is not $15 worth of potential.
Just to illustrate, when the first half was done, I didn’t know that there was a second half. When I was told there was a second half I promptly disappeared.
I guess the fact that it was a gala night and part of that $15 was going to aid the Harare City Council Library made it slightly less painful.