They are best known for the imaginative re-inventions of Shakespeare and their original African works. They have had a long relationship with the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and have close links to Reps Theatre.
The Group was quickly raising eyebrows, not only for its ethnic make-up, but also for its extreme, "off-the-wall" comedy performances. The group quickly gained recognition and was soon playing to packed houses at the Reps Theatre and the 7 Arts Theatre.
Over the next few years, the group performed numerous "reimaginations" of Shakespeare, Arthur Miller and Joe Orten. These adaptations were often set in Zimbabwe (or in an imagined Southern African country, similar to Zimbabwe) and had many satirical references to Zimbabwe's political scene. The group also performed numerous original comic political satires, with the groups trademark extremism.
In October 2000, three members of the group performed at the Amsterdam International Improvisation Festival. There improvised production of "Long Form" gained an instant standing ovation. The group went on to tour the USA in March 2001, playing at the American Repertory Theatre in Boston and many other venues. The productions of Twelfth Night and Eternal Peace Asylum were well received by the American audiences.
The show has many characters, each actor playing multiple parts, but it centres around the lives of three people living in Zimbabwe: a white lawyer, a coloured youth and a black servant. The production used minimal set and costume, with the donning of a single item of clothing being enough to change character. The three cast members all wore black face paint, in order to bring the characters to the same level.
The show's main strength was its portrayal of ordinary people in Zimbabwe, a view that is rarely seen in other countries. The show also portrayed lesser well known issues, such as black on black violence, mixed-race relationships and colonial hangovers. The show's central focus, on the other hand, was what it actually meant to "Be African". The show ends with the characters thinking of leaving Zimbabwe, but realising that they were "born African" and deciding to stay.
The play was first shown at the Harare Internation Festival of the Arts (HIFA), before it was reworked and shown at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2001. It was critically acclaimed and the cast were nominated for "Best Ensemble" in The Stage Awards.
The play was recently read at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and was well-received. No official date has been announced for its debut.