By Jasen Mphepo
The Jasen Mphepo Little Theatre, a brainchild of the Patsime Edutainment Trust, is an entertainment space that was officially launched on the 8th of May 2019 by the Ministry of Sport Arts and Recreation. Situated at a convenient, easy to access location at number 68 McChlery Avenue in Eastlea along the Enterprise Road, the 200-seater venue has been a hive of activity ever since it opened its doors to the public. Activities showcased include theatrical productions, music events, poetry slams, beauty and modelling pageants, talk shows, movie screenings and dance sessions. The venue has also become a favourite for hiring by organisations, corporates and private entities wanting to hold seminars, workshops and other specialised events.
The Little Theatre is not only living proof that dreams can come true but also that one’s background need not be a limiting factor in realising one’s ambitions. All it takes is hard work.The man behind the Patsime Edutainment Trust, Jason Mphepo, comes from a humble background. He believes that no matter the circumstances one finds themselves in, dreams can come true. He hopes his story will inspire the young and talented. From a young age, growing up in the dusty high density suburb of Highfield’s Western Triangle (derogatorily known as Cherima) in Harare, Mphepo was always passionate about acting. He dreamt of creating a platform where artists from all backgrounds could come and showcase their talents. Even after going full time into acting, directing, producing as well as other administrative duties, Mphepo did not give up on his vision. A massive 17 years from the time he started applying for the piece of land, the theatre was finally built. The theatre space employs 10 full-time artists, who put up the different theatrical productions consistently every fortnight.
In line with his vision, the theatre has become more of an entertainment hub, a melting pot of artists of all genres to showcase their talents. The place has committed itself to promoting the arts industry through running events aimed at pushing for the growth and visibility of the industry in Zimbabwe as well as making the space accessible to artists from all walks of life. Theatrical productions showcased at the Little Theatre have a huge following because of the important social issues that they tackle and also because of how affordable the performances are for audiences. Full bar and catering services are also offered at the venue making it a place of choice and convenience.
Information on upcoming and running events is readily available on the Jasen Mphepo Little Theatre Facebook page as well as at the venue itself where individuals can walk in anytime, enjoy a conducive, relaxed environment and make enquiries. The ‘JMLT’ as it is now affectionately known by audiences does not operate in isolation or in rivalry with other theatre houses. Rather its presence has been to complement the current efforts in the industry.
Follow JMLT on the following platforms.
Facebook-PATSIMETRUST,JASENMPHEPO LITTLE THEATRE/JMLT
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