Almasi’s Final Mentor-Director Staged Reading On This Weekend

Almasi Collaborative Arts will this coming Saturday hold the final staged reading in their mentor-director series with an Athol Fugard play, Nongogo.

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Directed by Gideon Jeph Wabvuta, the staged reading will be performed at Zimbabwe German Society at 5pm and the entrance to the show is free of charge.  This Staged Reading is part of the Mentor-Director staged reading series that was launched in November 2014. Julia Wharton, an accomplished thespian and drama teacher leads this mentorship process in which 5 out of 8 Directors were selected to direct staged readings over the course of 2015.

Nongogo’ by Athol Fugard is a story of survival and morality, second chances, betrayal, hope, secrets, and dreams. The title  ‘Nongogo’ derives from the Zulu vocabulary which means prostitute, the story  takes us back to a 1950’s apartheid South Africa shebeen.

Nongogo is the last staged reading to be done under the mentorship of Ms. Julia Wharton who will soon be leaving Zimbabwe.

The Staged Readings are Almasi’s initiative to bring dramatic literacy to not only Zimbabwean artists who work on them but also to the Zimbabwean public.