19 August 2018


Legendary actress shares knowledge with aspirant actors

by: Edith Mogapi and Tumediso Tlale   date: 02 february 2018

The Department of Culture, Arts and Traditional Affairs (CATA), in partnership with Ndatopa Kusauka Events and Projects, hosted a workshop for 80 aspiring actors and actresses from across Bokone Bophirima last Saturday. 

This workshop by veteran actress, Connie Chiume, was held in Zeerust in Ramotshere Moiloa Local Municipality. 

Conducted under the theme “The Business of Acting”, the workshop was designed to empower participants who want to enter the acting world by guiding them on the tools of trade.
Chiume is better known for her role as “Mamokete” in television soapie, Rhythm City. In a career spanning over 40 years, she has performed both nationally and internationally in countries such as Swaziland, Zimbabwe, Monaco, Britain, United States of America (USA) and New Zealand. 

Her theatre experience includes Porgy and Bess, Little Shop of Horrors, Ipi Ntombi, Wathint’ abafazi, Wathint’ imbokodo (You strike a woman, you strike a rock). She also co-produced and acted in Bubbly Bossoms. 

Chiume started her company to give young artists across the country a window into the industry. Her focus is on small towns that never get exposure or information on the business of acting.

During the workshop she reflected on her years in the entertainment industry. She resigned from a teaching job in 1977 and made her debut on “Sola Sola” - a play that toured Israel and Greece for nine months.
“There is no better way for me to celebrate my 40 years in the industry than to share my experiences and advice with aspiring theatre, television and film practitioners. I have decided to embark on a national tour just to say ‘this is how show business works’ to all aspiring actors,” she said. 

Chiume has been to six provinces since the inception of her programme. “Only CATA has shown its support and commitment to the project. Artists should be grateful to Bokone Bophirima government’s efforts to promote and sustain the arts,” she told Semphete. 

The veteran actress’ team of worshop facilitators included Pieter Human, a lecturer in acting; Lesibana Legare, who amongst others has worked behind the scenes on Isidingo, and currently with Rhythm City; and Tumi Chiume, a specialist in building a brand in the industry.
CATA representative, Alex Sekati, urged artists to grab opportunities offered by the department. He encouraged them to share knowledge with their fellow artists upon returning home.  

The day ended with impromptu performances of plays by participants and tips by facilitators on their stage performance.