TALENTED actress Charity Dlodlo is embarking on a three-day “one-man” show, beginning today, titled: Once an Actress, courtesy of Rooftop Promotions.
The play written by Tony Layton, directed by Stanley Mambo and produced by Patience Tawengwa is being showcased at the Theatre in the Park in Harare.
“The play is about Sarah, who turns back time while working in an old factory.
“She reflects on how she was once persuaded by a friend to attend an audition.
“That was a lucky breakthrough that became the start of a short-lived acting career.
“She recounts her experiences at drama school where she learns to explore her mind to develop characters and to handle emotions …,” Rooftop Promotions publicist Passmore Ndlovu said.
Ndlovu added: “We learn about her quickly developed talent … coping with the curious and fickle love life of jobbing actors on the road.
“With no offers of work, she desperately awaits a call from her agent.
“This single-hander leaves the audience with a distinct feeling from unexpected but unfulfilled dreams or ambitions.”
Dlodlo, who has been in the acting career for almost two decades, says she was inspired to work on the project by the experiences of women and girls, chiefly those in the creative industry, adding that she also fell in love with the title and the plot of the play.
“I was inspired to do this play since it reflects universal experiences of most women and girls and it’s also a story based on realities,” she said.
Dlodlo is one of the celebrated acting talents in the country and she made a name for herself with her role as Mai Madziva, the gossip monger, on the most popular and Zimbabwe’s first soap opera: Studio 263, which premiered in 2002.
She also worked on projects like Sinners, Mitambo International Theatre Festival and Chipo the Gift, among others.