Christopher Mlalazi's play Election Day has been nominated for three awards at the 2011 Zimbabwe National Arts Merit Awards. The play is an adaptation of the short story of the same name that was published in Chris' Dancing with Life: Tales from the Township, published by 'amaBooks in 2008. Dancing with Life won the NAMA for Best First Published Creative Work in 2009 and was given an Honourable Mention at the 2009 Noma Awards for African Publishing.
The three nominations are for Outstanding Actress (Privilege Mutendera), Outstanding Actor (Teddy Mangava) and Outstanding Theatre Production (Eunice Ratidzo Tava). The winners will be announced on February 17.
Election Day had its premier at the Harare International Festival of the Arts (HIFA) 2010 and subsequently ran at Theatre in the Park in Harare. There are plans under way to adapt the play into a short film with Byron Locker in South Africa.