My friend and colleague and long time theatre somebody Itumeleng Wa Lehulere asked me to work with a young actress Pumeza Rashe in preparation for her performance in the one woman play Red Winter in Gugs. I had two sessions with her where we improvised and played, helping her create definition and contrasts for the many characters she has to portray.
I went to watch the show tonight in The Sanlam Studio at The Baxter and I was proud, excited and amazed, first by the consummate performance of Pumeza (she is a young 23 years old), then by the clean and very tight direction of Itumeleng and also by the detailed and gripping script. It’s really difficult to do a one woman play, set in Gugs during the eighties, and told by the many voices of the characters, but this play really works and it is funny, touching, poignant, horrific, real and clever.
For a first ‘outing’ the play was a real success. It is going to have a longer run in January and I am so pleased that I will be involved again, even though my part in the whole is very small. This play is going places, and this actress is going to be huge!