Zim comedian goes global

POPULAR stand-up comedian and actor Michael Kudakwashe will take his act to an American audience where he will feature in Alan Bennett’s cast of The History Boys.

Kudakwashe, a former leading star in a local sitcom, Avenues, was selected by an international arts development agency to join other professional actors from the globe to  participate in a play later this year.

The production will open at Northen Stage, Vermont in October and will be directed by Brooke Ciardelli.
 Giles Ramsay, founder of Developing Artists, said the Zimbabwean actor surpassed the pass mark to display his talent to an international audience.

“This is an amazing opportunity for one of Zimbabwe’s most talented young actors to make his mark on the international stage and show the world that the arts in Zimbabwe are very alive and well,” said Ramsay.
 Ramsay added that this score was an opportunity for the artist to dispel regional bigotry between the African and American continent.

“The international casting also forces American actors and audience members alike to reconsider their perceptions about national reputations, race and global culture we now live in,” he said.

Kudakwashe, according to Ramsay, will also join actors from Mexico, Britain and America in the professional production of Ovid’s Metamorphosis which was staged at Dartmouth College in New Hampshire.

Developing Artists, is a charity organisation responsible for harnessing artistic talent in developing countries.

Last year the organisation selected Blessing Hungwe, another Zimbabwean actor to feature in Ovid’s play.

The charity organisation has supported local artists since 2004 and has also been working with the Harare Festival of the Arts (Hifa) and Harare’s drama school — Theory X.

Meanwhile the “ biggest” ever edition of Hifa will kick off on April 29.

By Bernard Mpofu