Theatre industry needs more support

LIFESTYLE

24 May 2018 | People

Swakopmund raised Vanessa Kamatoto is one of the Namibian Theatre actresses who is putting the Erongo region on the map.

The 24-year-old, who is a fourth year Media Studies student at the University of Namibia, told Erongo that Namibian theatre is gaining momentum. She however wants to see more and better appreciation for drama in the country.

“More theatre practitioners are creating­ ­­opportunities for actors and directors in our country. People always see plays being advertised around different media platforms. Although there are opportunities presented to actors and actresses, I still don't see enough support of our Namibian community for drama in Namibia. I would love to see more Namibians going out in numbers when there is a play, supporting Namibian filmmakers when they release their movies.”

She is grateful for the support which she received from her parents as an actress. “I would say my supportive parents keep me motivated, and also the passion I have for theatre and film keeps me going. I hope that one day I will be fortunate enough to co-star alongside my favourite actors and actresses from Namibia and all over the world.”

The former Westside High School learner who featured in plays like House of Paradox, Nuthouse and Raisin in the Sun, said that she has dreams of one day acting in South African soap operas like Isibaya and Stranger Things.

She encouraged upcoming actors to follow their dreams. “God has a plan for all of us in this life, and be sure to let your passion lead you to become a better you. Don't forget to smile; it's good for the soul also.”

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