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MNCEDISI SHABANGU WINS AWARD (article first published : 2003-11-20)

The award in the drama category for the 2004 Standard Bank Young Artist Award goes to Mncedisi Baldwin Shabangu.

Born in Durban on November 3, Mncedisi moved to Nelspruit where he completed his schooling. As a young boy growing up in the townships, he was greatly inspired by the doyen of the theatre Gibson Kente. In 1995, at the first opportunity, he enrolled at the Market Theatre Laboratory in Johannesburg.

“I was very fortunate to be able to study at the Royal National Theatre Studio in London during 1998,” said Mncedisi. “I gained an enormous amount of experience and met some wonderful people.”

Mncedisi is the founder and director of the Babuyile Theatre Group in Nelspruit, an after-school arts training centre for young people. Mncedisi has trained people to look after the theatre group while he is not there but regularly returns to give them input and direction. “I have an enormous desire to give children the opportunity to act, and to give something back into an area that I love so much.” admits Mncedisi. “We hope to put on Romeo and Juliet during the school holidays here at the Babuyile Training School.”

Presently Mncedisi is acting in Tshepang at the Baxter Theatre in Cape Town. This production directed by Lara Foot Newton had an extremely successful run on the Fringe at the 2003 National Arts Festival in Grahamstown and was performed at the Natal Witness Hilton Arts Festival.

His theatre credits are numerous and include Orpheus (1998), Ways of Dying (1999); Call Us Crazy (2000), Best Wedding Ever and Tshepang (2003). He has directed Kanyamazane (1998), The Barbershop (2001), Mooi Street Moves (2002) and L.A.T.E (2003) which is currently playing at the Market Theatre.

Mncedisi has received a number of awards both for acting and directing, in 1998 he received the Graham Lindop Award, in 2000 The Best Director at the Windybrow Festival and at the Community Theatre Festival at the Market Theatre Laboratory, and he received the 2000 FNB Vita Award for best supporting actor in Call Us Crazy.

Lara Foot Newton, director and close colleague had this to say, “Mncedisi has unbelievable talent, major commitment and enormous integrity.”




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