The play, ‘Kamere Gacurama’ (Crooke the Nature) was featured last week, during the 16th Commemoration Week of the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi, at the National University of Rwanda (NUR).
‘Kamere Gacurama’ was performed by ‘Star du Theatre’, a theatre troupe founded by students at NUR.
The play presents a balanced act which begins in tears but ends in joy. In the act was ‘Karara’, a young girls is orphaned by the Genocide, she is adopted by a family and lives ruthless life as a teenager girl.
Despite taking ownership of her dead family’s property, Karara’s adopted family never receives her as one of their own. The adoptive mother is the main culprit here and the audience joins in to hate her.
The situation at school is not any better for Karara. The insensitivity of the class teacher and students towards Karara sends her and the audience into heart wretched sobs.
Hardly did Karara utter a single word, but her tears unveiled her agony. It is only at the ending that she suddenly pours out her heart out to a figure draped in white robes (an angel). The message from the angel is that of comfort, perseverance and forgiveness.
Residents who had rejected and hated her and fought over her deceased family’s property suddenly join in to love her, they embrace her and comfort her at the curtain call and the audience is relived.