Nongogo

 
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On 18 July 2015, Almasi Collaborative Arts presented a staged reading of Nongogo by Athol Fugard at the Zimbabwe German Society. Directed by Gideon Jeph Wabvuta, the reading featured talented and experienced actors. Nongogo is a story of survival and morality, second chances, betrayal, hope, secrets, and dreams. It is set in a Shebeen in 1950’s apartheid South Africa.

THE PLOT

The shebeen owner, Queeny, is a former prostitute, tired and embittered from carrying the burden of her past. The arrival of Johnny, a traveling salesman, presents a chance to shed her past once and for all and venture into a respectable business – one that does not prey on people’s hard earned cash in exchange for liquor. A tentative partnership with some hope of true romance develops. Both Johnny and Queeny reach out to one another from the same need for a second chance. For the first time in years, Queeny feels alive and around Johnny she allows herself hope for a clean, bright future.

CAST & CREW

Queeny | Privillage Mutendera
Johnny | Tichaona Mutore
Sam | Teddy Mangawa
Blackie | Eddingtone Hatitongwe
Patrick | Tafadzwa Bob Mutumbi

Director | Gideon Jeph Wabvuta
Mentor Director | Julia Wharton
Operations | Elizabeth Muchemwa
Stage Manager | Prudence Kalipinde
Accounts | Kuda Kanembirira
Production Assistant | Simba Kanembirira
Publicity | Tawanda Mupatsi

RECEPTION

 

A NOTE FROM DIRECTOR GIDEON JEPH WABVUTA

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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. First rehearsal: The story moved from the page and took up a life of its own from the very first reading, getting the awesome privilege to hear the play being read aloud and instantly correcting and/or adding some of my directing notes. The whole process was like a roller coaster ride were initially I had assumed I would have more time and now I had only 22hours to deliver a good show! The actors also were skeptical about the amount of time they had, was it enough, would we have a good show, and all sorts of questions that had me panicking in my belly but with a clear cut smile on my face and crisp words that said, we are fine and we will have a good show. Of course I believed that, but over the following 22 hours of rehearsal (21 that time) my resolve was tested… CONTINUE READING

 

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