Images by: Mlungisi Mlungwana | Creative Director Ayanda Sithebe | Make-up by Phumzile Mhlongo | Dressed by Andile Jila | Location | The Potato Shed Newtown
Articles by: Mandisa Vundla and Sibongile Fisher
Over three decades in the industry and still growing strong.
This woman’s month, we pan across the global challenge of turning the wheels of change to see more black woman play lead in the industry. How does being black and woman affect one’s experience as an actor? More so, as an actor whose career span outlives our young democracy? We sit with acclaimed actors: Nthati Moshesh and Pamela Nomvete to reflect on over three-decades spent in the industry, moving between Stage, Film, and Television. We find out from these living legends how they’ve managed to sustain their careers, adapting to the ever-changing nature of the industry while remaining true to their craft.
PAMELA NOMVETE | FEATURE
Pamela Nompumelelo Nomvete is dressed for the winter chills and is trying her best to keep her flu at bay, sipping on lemon and ginger tea at our offices, in an intimate boardroom furnished with a round veneer table and just enough room to steer intimate conversations. We find out what the industry looks like through the eyes of a black woman who’s spent over 30 years of her life deeply immersed in its soil, pruning her craft, nurturing its growth and tending to the art of acting. I am seated next to Sibongile Fisher, who has recently joined our writing team and together we indulge in Pamela’s extraordinary life experiences…..READ MORE
NTHATI MOSHESH | FEATURE
“Acting is my sense of power”. With boastful laughter, Nthati Moshesh has an epiphany, she shares a reflection on how acting has always been a powerful tool for her. We are sitting in an intimate corner at the back of the Potato Shed in Newtown. It is a beautiful and sunny Sunday morning and the energy in the space suggests a surreal encounter. She is a powerful woman who has earned her stripes in the industry. Her humility accommodates my cold-stricken body and she is patient throughout my nasal questioning.….READ MORE