NAMA-Winning Actress Makes Directorial Debut

NAMA award winning veteran screen and stage actress Sandra Chidawanyika-Goliath makes her directorial debut this June with the staged reading of Athol Fugard’s No Good Friday.

Sandra Chidawanyika-Goliath

Sandra Chidawanyika-Goliath

Almasi Collaborative Arts has been conducting a 9 month Mentor director training program in order to build capacity and develop the skills of Zimbabwean directors. The Zimbabwean directors are being mentored by American Director and Drama teacher Julia Wharton through practical training on several staged readings. The program began last year in November and will come to a close next month in July. Each month ALMASI which has partnered with the Zimbabwe German Society has been presenting free staged readings for local audiences.

No Good Friday is a timeless play and although it is set in South Africa some decades ago – it is clear that same issues faced by Black South Africans are the same issues faced by victims far beyond its geographical boundaries. All the characters of the play are victims of an economic system that demeans and alienates them. No Good Friday by Athol Fugard has all the ingredients of a love story and a tragedy. A total of 11 characters in the story including a passionate musician in his early twenties knocking on doors for the opportunity of a long awaited break, a young woman who realizes that her dream to be married to the love of her life is not to be, and an aging man dreaming for his child to rescue him from his financial struggles so he can retire with some decency.

Speaking about why she chose this particular play for her directorial debut, Chidawanyika said “

The story in the play carries with it many themes, love, dreams and murder, but the recurring theme for all the character is choices. To dream big or not to dream at all– very relevant to Zimbabweans anywhere who have for a long time set their eyes on a target which seems unattainable.

Fugard questions the usefulness of perseverance and hope, especially in an economic climate we live in. It challenges you to dare to be different in order to give voice to the voiceless.”

The staged reading will be presented at the Zimbabwe German Society on SATURDAY JUNE 27, 5PM AT THE ZIMBABWE GERMAN SOCEITY (51 LAWSON AVENUE, MILTON PARK) FREE ENTRY. Almasi makes the readings free as part of their commitment to building theatre audiences in Zimbabwe.

Almasi is a Zimbabwean American Dramatic Arts Collaborative Organization founded by Danai Gurira and Patience Tawengwa. Our vision is to professionalize the Dramatic Arts industry in Zimbabwe through education, facilitation and collaboration with professional American Dramatic Artists and Artistic Institutions. It is our goal to see the Zimbabwean dramatic artist developed to their fullest capacity, and to ensure that a legacy of great Zimbabwean dramatic works is ushered into fruition.

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