Straight from The Market Theatre stage to a television- sopie actress

29 Mar 2012 in Uncategorised

Review - Straight from The Market Theatre stage to a television- sopie actress

SEASONED actress Busi Zokufa has netted a television-soapie role for the first time. Born in Eastern Cape, Zokufa has acted in theatre, TV and films for the past 25 years. Now she plays Beatrice Memela in Generations. Zokufa is excited to finally appear in a soapie at her age. “I am excited about the role, but I am not sure how to react when people mob me. Coming from a stage background this is a new thing,’’ she says. She defines Beatrice as a very educated woman from Matatiele in Eastern Cape. She is also very strict and overprotective of her family. Zokufa, who is also a musician and well-known puppeteer, says it has been challenging to adjust to the role. She says she loves theatre because actors can explore their roles the way they wish, but in soapies there are lots of restrictions. “I’ve acted in TV and film, but soapies are very restricting. The environment loses you for a while, but as time progresses you get better. The directors help you tone down your voice,” she says. The experienced actress recently returned from London where she was doing a puppet show. Zokufa’s career began in 1987 when she joined Sibikwa Players in Daveyton on the East Rand. Her first stage show, So Where To?, that was staged at the Market Theatre in Johannesburg. It also toured abroad. GENERATIONS ROLE: Busi Zokufa

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