Playwright Nonhlalo bounces back

PLAYWRIGHT Nonhlalo Dube says she is still in the game despite having temporarily taken a sabbatical for about two years.
Dube who is also the director of Theater for Everyone programme took a back seat to pursue her personal business venture. However, despite the move Dube said she has not lost track of what’s been happening in the arts industry, neither did she lose her artistic touch.
“Art runs in my blood and it’s something that is more than a passion. It is something that is deep-seated at the bottom of my heart.
“I might have been occupied with other personal businesses but that doesn’t mean that I am out of the game,” Dube said.
The former Amakhosi Arts Academy student has written and directed a number of plays, television and radio dramas in a career spanning more than a decade.
Some of her works include Untikolosh, Yeyeni Bantu a 13-episode television drama for ZTV in 2010, It Never rains a stage play for Hifa direct and Manyanyatha both in 2012 among others.
“I have finished working on a few scripts some meant for the television and some for the stage, all of these will be showcased this year. Unfortunately, I can’t really reveal more about these upcoming projects due to some binding contractual agreements with my partners,” she said.
Dube noted that she has been encouraged by most of her colleagues in the city who kept the fire burning despite the economic challenges.
“Here in Bulawayo the arts industry is really a tough game which has seen many either dropping out or moving to greener pastures. Sometimes some of us are forced to do other businesses outside art so as to supplement the income.
“However, I am glad and inspired that most of my colleagues I have worked with for more than a decade now are still going strong and are doing great things in the arts industry here,” she said.

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