Theatre industry in crisis

Bambatha Actors Centre in Bulawayo has started conducting part time lessons in filming, play writing and acting.

Styx Mhlanga.
Styx Mhlanga.

“This training project is specifically meant for those aspiring artists who have got work commitments elsewhere .The course runs for two years and students are auditioned before enrolment,” said the owner and acting Director Coach, Styx Mhlanga, young brother to renowned arts guru Cont Mhlanga.

Mhlanga said students at the centre have just completed recording a radio drama entitled, Hawu Bafana written by veteran novelist, Naison Thwala, for ZBC. They are now rehearsing the Zulu novel, Inkinsela YaseMgungundlovu written by the late Sibusiso Nyembezi.

“We want to produce quality artists. We want also to scout for talent in the region,” he said.

Mhlanga decried lack of proper structures and planning in the country’s theatre industry.

“Since independence the theatre industry has been on the decline. There is lack of foresight and strategic planning.”

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