Passion for theatre drives Mangosho

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Theatre has always unleashed great acting talent locally and actor and director Tatenda Mangosho (25) could be the next amazing discovery of the industry.

Mangosho has every reason to smile as he basks in the glory of his recent achievement of being an assistant director of a play that will be shown at Hifa.

This will be his debut at the festival as part of the officiating team and will be his third time attending Hifa.

“I’m an aspiring director and I live theatre and theatre is in me, thanks to the founder of Hifa, Manuel Bagorro, for initiating and coming up with the HifaDirect programme,” he said.

Hifa Direct is a programme that has been part of the festival with the intention to nurture young directors.

Mangosho has featured in some of the plays that have made waves in theatre circles in Zimbabwe, hence he has worked with some of the best directors and writers.

He featured in Blessing Hungwe’s debut play titled Apokalupsis as a writer, a theatrical thriller and political satire that imaginatively engages with socio-political and economic developments.

He also stars in the play Muramu written and directed by Stephen Chifunyise and Dilemma of the Ghost, a production of the original playwritten by author Ghanaian Ama Ata Aidoo and in Beauty and the Ugly, a play written and directed by Peter Churu.

“To me theatre is the only effective way through which I can critique issues that impact on the society and I can do it in a more flexible way without any complications,” said Mangosho.

Currently Mangosho is teaching drama at Prince Edward High School and also learning acoustic guitar at the Zimbabwe College of Music.