a.Theatre for Transformation
Theatre is used to raise awareness and stimulate dialogue on socio, political, and economic issues that affect marginalised communities. Theatre for transformation projects that also promote dialogue between citizens and their leadership are implemented in identified marginalised communities around the country. Savanna Trust uses interactive theatre because it provides for an in-depth, rich, interpersonal engaging process that enables citizens to be active participants in solution mapping. A theatre is a form of expression and educational tool whose advantage is in its ability to be adaptable and flexible in content, style, and delivery and allows for free expression and dialogue on important but sensitive issues.
Savanna Trust produces theatre for performances in public theatres, touring and festivals. Most of its work in mainstream theatre is inspired by the happenings in the communities that it works or by socio-economic and political issues that take place at national level.
Radio drama and live post-radio drama discussion is used to engage citizens on pertinent societal issues. Savanna Trust believes that radio drama is an effective mass media engagement method that stimulates interest and emotion among the listeners who are hard to physically reach out to due to several reasons. The live radio discussions augment the radio drama and they allow for citizen participation in dealing with issues that are pertinent to their lives. Radio Dramas have been used in dealing with critical and sensitive issues like Gender-Based Violence (Remembering Maiguru Mai Reward), Child Protection Issues (Hona Mwana Wako), Mental Health Awareness as well as Social Cohesion (Pamushikashika Avenues).
Training and Development
a.Southern Africa Theatre Camp
The Southern Africa Theatre Camp was born out of the need to grow the theatre industry in the Southern Africa region. This is done through providing a platform for facilitating skills and knowledge exchange, regional collaboration, co-creation and networking among theatre practitioners in the SADC region. Each year mid-career theatre makers congregate in one space and are taken through arts management, scriptwriting, acting and directing.
b.Write Zimbabwe Initiative
Savanna Trust believes in the professionalism and producing quality works consistently. The Write Zimbabwe Initiative is a platform for writers willing to improve their craftsmanship through learning and sharing. Each year artists are mentored by qualified practicing Scriptwriters for 3 months and by the end of the mentorship, each mentee produces a Script.
c.Community Theatre Groups Capacity Develoment
Savanna Trust identifies capacity needs from individual artists and community theatre groups whom it works within its community engagement programmes. This training and capacity building is tailor-made specifically for the needs of that artist or theatre group. The focus is on imparting critical theatre and arts management knowledge and skills.
Savanna Trust’s film and TV unit is dedicated to producing humane, entertaining high-quality films, television productions as well as web series whose main focus is the stimulation of public dialogue while advocating for equitable social change in communities. We work with like-minded media organizations, non-profit organizations and corporates who want to use film/TV and the fast growing digital media to spur community development. We also train communities and young people in the use of digital media to tell their community stories and how to disseminate these effectively. For us, we are motivated by the long reach and power of film in bringing REEL impact of change to communities.