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Make Day

Posted by on Aug 4, 2015 in Blog, July 2015 | 0 comments

Make Day

Athol Fugard has always and still is one of my greatest storytellers of all time, since the first day I bumped into Sizwe Bansi is dead then No Good Friday. So picking the play was quiet an easy task for me. When I picked up Nongogo, even before I had gone through the first act of I knew this was the play for me. It was bridled with so much passion, the character’s desires were so concrete and vivid like Johnnie’s cloths. I was so in love with the play that as soon as I was done with the first read I texted my friend, ‘I found THE play’. Then being granted the opportunity to direct it with a cast made up of professional actors with more experience than me was just the proverbial fresh cream (I hate icing) on the cake.

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Learn, Unlearn, Relearn

Posted by on Jul 7, 2015 in Blog, July 2015 | 0 comments

Learn, Unlearn, Relearn

When Patience Tawengwa called me three years ago to ask if I was interested in participating in the inaugural staged reading by Almasi, A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry, directed by American director and dramaturge Julia Wharton, little did I know that this would mark the beginning of a life changing journey for me as a passionate performing artist. With four National Arts Merits Awards nominations for outstanding actress under my belt, two of which I had won, one would assume I had learnt all there is to learn about the art, and was ready to pass it on. But this is far from true. My theatre experience up until then, (with the exception of the two-hander ‘In the Continuum’, written by Danai Gurira ‘Miss Dee’ and Nikkole Salter, and which Danai devotedly flew to Zimbabwe to co-direct with Patience Tawengwa, and Eclipsed, also written by Danai) had been that of collecting my script, going home to work on it myself, and walking in to the first rehearsal to show off how much of my lines I had memorized, ready for action.

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