Ngema's monologue helpful to Swazi actors
MBABANE – The monologue sent by South African theatre guru Mbongeni Ngema has been of great assistance to the group of 15 locals who took part in the auditioning process of a musical drama titled, ‘Number 43’.
The auditions took place yesterday at the Nelson Mandela Theatre Square in Johannesburg.
The specific monologue were sent by Ngema aimed at assisting in placing the representatives at an edge during the final auditions held yesterday.
This came after Ngema noticed, during local auditions, that local actors used a poor monologue that would deter their auditioning in Johannesburg where the competition is rigid because South Africans are clued-up in theatre acting compared to Swazis.
The team used the monologue to rehearse before attending the auditions and said it was of great assistance.
Sizwe Ginindza, one of the crew members said it was of great help and opened their minds as well as gave them an idea of what would be expected of them during the auditions.
This was echoed by Zaza Dlamini who said they were previously clueless but now have a picture of what is expected of them by Ngema.
"The monologue we got was of a story between two African people. The other one is telling a story while the other is asking questions. So, as an actor, one has to depict both characters in two different tones and action," she said.
Meanwhile, they also thanked the Swazi nation for supporting them. On behalf of the group Ginindza paid special tribute to Khethabahle Mthethwa who acted as a father and brother, to all of them.
"We thank all Swazis who supported us and Khethabahle Mthethwa for making it all possible. We hope for the best," Ginindza said. ‘Number 43’ on the other hand is based on the book authored by Elias Masilela, one of the best Swazi writers and is about the famous Trelawney Park, which was ANC’s safe house in Swaziland during the apartheid era.
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