For the love of acting

2016-03-23 06:00
PHOTO: supplied  Mzansi Theatre Projects Advancement members (back, from left) Aluncedo Cetshwayo, Zethu           Ngubane, Fezidingo Kibi, Ndumizo Mazibuko, (front) Ayanda Mkhize, Nothando Makhathini and Sphamandla Mkhize, are passionate about acting and currently use an RDP house for rehearsals.

PHOTO: supplied Mzansi Theatre Projects Advancement members (back, from left) Aluncedo Cetshwayo, Zethu Ngubane, Fezidingo Kibi, Ndumizo Mazibuko, (front) Ayanda Mkhize, Nothando Makhathini and Sphamandla Mkhize, are passionate about acting and currently use an RDP house for rehearsals.

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HAVING no support for many years, a group of young actors in KwaPata have been forced to use an RDP house as a development arena for acting and for the general development of the youth.

The chairman of Mzansi Theatre Projects Advancement Ndumiso Mazibuko said the house owner allowed them to use it for community purposes and for introducing theatre to the KwaPata community.

Mzansi Theatre Projects Advancement is a theatre company meant to develop talent in theatre, dance, drama and poetry.

“The whole of last year we never performed in Pietermaritzburg because we cannot afford booking fees. Theatre is dead in Pietermaritzburg, especially in townships. We use the RDP [house] as a practice area and every now and then we invite the community to watch our plays for free. This is how we are introducing theatre to our community. We have submitted our proposals to various arts organisations and departments, but nothing has been forthcoming. When we were growing up there were a lot of actors who were involved in theatre work. The numbers have declined with time. Sometimes we get together and host dialogues on how we can better our lives,” said Mazibuko.

The theatre was officially opened on 4 March and various acts by local actors were showcased. Poetry and dance classes will only start next month. For now the theatre is offering drama and music.”

On the guest list was Roel Twinjstra, project manager at Twist Theatre Projects Development, Gcina Mdluli, founder and director of Umphithi Theatre management projects, Emmanuel Nkosinathi Nazo from Youth Ignite Ambassadors and Xolani Dlongolo the co- ordinator at Twist Projects.

Mazibuko said that as a youth group they also aim to introduce children to theatre and drama.

“A healthy theatre industry starts at primary school level. Most public schools do not have drama, music and dance as part of their curriculum. We are prepared to change that,” said Mazibuko.

Nothando Makhathini, a member of Mzansi, has been acting since Grade 5 as a pupil at Khethindlelenhle Primary. She won best actor awards at the Market Theatre in Johannesburg for three consecutive years and was honoured in Zimbabwe as the best actor.

“On Sundays we read books to children and they role-play the script. In this manner we make reading interesting and practical,” she said.

Another Mzansi member, Fezidingo Kibi, finished matric last year and now focuses on developing his acting skills. He has performed at the Botanical Gardens and at the Winston Churchill Theatre.

Those who wish to have their shows staged at Mzansi Studio Theatre or for those who wish to assist the group, can contact
Mazibuko on 078 638 2530 or 061 491 2412.

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