Passionate about theatre

2016-09-06 06:00
Sipho Nuse is a young theatre-maker on a mission.  PHOTO: Stehan Schoeman

Sipho Nuse is a young theatre-maker on a mission. PHOTO: Stehan Schoeman

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When young theatre enthusiast Sipho Nuse saw the bevy of local talent in his community, he decided to come up with a way to channel it.

The matric learner at Leiden High School started his own performing arts group, Masithembele, three years ago, giving him the opportunity to combine his love of performing with his mission to empower other young people.

The group’s name translates to “Let’s Hope” and Sipho says his goal is to “broaden the horizons of young artists”.

“I decided on the name because many people out there don’t believe in themselves or think they can succeed,” he explains. “But the name says let’s keep on hoping and believe that we will get there.”

Sipho discovered his own love of the arts when he joined the The Mass participation; Opportunity and access; Development and growth (MOD) Programme under the leadership of playwright, producer and performer Beulah Kleinveldt.

Sipho wrote some scripts for Beulah’s productions and says: “She mentored me and inspired me to keep writing.”

Masithembele is currently made up of 22 young people from Delft who practice their dancing, drama and music at the Nelson Mandela Peace Park.

Ten of the group’s performers; namely Veronique Wheels, Allen Lambert, Athule Tshingilane, Brady Singers, Lerato Diamond, Darryl Arendse, Zukile Mqwathi, Yolisa Jezile, Siyamathanda Makhendlana and Bilqees Du Plessis; will be on stage at the Masque Theatre in Muizenberg on Thursday 8 September where they’ll be performing an excerpt from Romeo and Juliet, directed by Sipho, as part of the 2016 Shakespeare Schools Festival.

This same cast also performed The pain of Aids, written by Sipho, at the High School Arts Festival at Artscape Theatre in May.

The Shakespeare Schools Festival will see them performing abridged Shakespeare works alongside groups from Westlake Primary School and Vista Nova High School. Originally started in England, the education festival aims to improve language and social skills. The programme was brought to South Africa by Kseniya Filinova-Bruton, who invited Masithembele to be a part of the festival after watching them perform.

Sipho says he is a passionate playwright and director and hopes to study theatre next year, after completing his matric.

In the meantime, theatre lovers can see his work at the Masque Theatre on Thursday.V Tickets for the show cost R60 or R50 for block bookings. Call the Masque Theatre on 021 788 1898 or email to book.

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