n Shakespeare in Southern Africa - Macbething Lear and the politics of succession in Zimbabwe : essay
|Article Title||Macbething Lear and the politics of succession in Zimbabwe : essay|
|© Publisher:||Institute for the Study of English in Africa (ISEA)|
|Journal||Shakespeare in Southern Africa|
|Affiliations||1 University of the Witwatersrand|
|Publication Date||Jan 2015|
|Pages||39 - 46|
The climate prior to, during and after the sixth elective congress of Zimbabwe's ruling party, the Zimbabwe African National Union - Patriotic Front (Zanu-PF) was tense, full of plots by delegates to outdo each other in the battle to succeed ageing leader Robert Mugabe. The stage was set for the inadvertent re-enactment of episodes and scenes from two of Shakespeare's plays, Macbeth and King Lear. The drama that unfolded around the elective congress (held in December 2014) exposed underhanded schemes and hypocrisy in the succession battle. It is my submission that the dramatic performances before, during and after the congress reproduced Jeffrey Davidow's delineation of the 1979 Lancaster House Conference as Zanu-PF's 'three-act play, or better put, a one-act play performed three times, but with enough variety and tension so as not to rob each performance of its drama.'
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