ACTING TALENT AT THE HUMBLED BEGINNINGS
By: Anele Nduzulwana
Any successful actor or actress will tell you that it is not glitz and glamour at the beginning of this career. In order to be successful, one has to go through struggles and inconvenience.
The passion and talent made them endure all circumstances and do what they love wholeheartedly, and consequently they became successful.
The passion Mount Moriah Succeeders (MMS), shows during their rehearsals convinces that the talent in this Non-Profit Organisation will go places despite all obstacles.
Founder Sibusiso Mthiyane, said that the aim of MMS is to see that acting talent in township is nationally recognised and young people use their gifts and grow their performance skills.
Mthiyane said, “You would find someone talented smoking drugs on the street and waste their future instead of working on building their craft. We are trying to avoid a wasted talent
by giving them a platform to rehearse and grow.”
The organisation is made up of teenagers and young people that grooms and teaches one another basic acting skills, poetry and music.
MMS is based at Mount Moriah Township where the group meets every day inside a rusted corrugated iron with no windows and relevant equipment for performance.
MMS has produced a promising young star such as Zama Londiwe Gumede, who is now working with Twist, a theatre organisation from Netherlands that recruits cast from different
places in KwaZulu-Natal.
Londiwe (22) is currently preparing for her first show, Isigcawu, which will take place at Kwa-Mashu at the end of October.
Gumede said that she has been part of MMS for two years and has learnt a lot from the organisation.
“I believe that I am going places with acting and I thank Mthiyane and my fellow colleague Lungelo, for their teachings and inspiration,” Londiwe said.
“Mthiyane, gave me a character to perform at stage for the first time in my life. I was casted for rehearsal until I meet the Lashona guys who helped me to do presentation with Twist,”
Script Writing and Production student, at Creative Arts College, Lungelo Ngongoma is a devoted member of MMS. He said that his passion is with Performing Art.
Even though he is not studying drama at school, Ngongoma believes that he will make a good actor one day because of the skill he acquired in the organisation.
Ngongoma said, “I first did Journalism at school but I had to changed courses because I realised that my passion was for acting. I joined MMS to nurture my Skills.”