After a sell-out run last year, Sibusiso Mamba returns to the Young Vic to play Sizwe Banzi in Matthew Xia’s production of Sizwe Banzi is Dead. Here are his answers to our 11 Questions…
Can you describe your character in Sizwe Banzi is Dead in three words?
Scared, optimistic and defiant.
If you had to pick a favourite line from the play, which one would it be and why?
‘You must understand one thing, we own nothing but ourselves, this world and its laws allows us nothing, except ourselves.’ Because it says so much about the human spirit and our ability to see beyond current circumstances, whatever they may be.
What is your favourite play (seen, read or worked on)?
The Tempest by William Shakespeare.
What is your favourite midnight snack?
Chicken wings. Or anything with chicken.
What is your favourite word?
If you could be in a room full of any one thing, what would it be?
Favourite holiday you’ve ever been on?
New Year’s Eve in Corsica.
Favourite city and why?
Manzini. It’s a tiny city in the centre of Swaziland. It’s where I was born and where I grew up. It holds so many precious memories and it was the cradle of all my hopes and dreams. Although, it must be said that I am falling in love with London all over again!
Dogs or cats?
It used to be dogs but now cats are working their way into my heart.
What is your favourite song?
Following the Light by Jonathan Butler.
If you could have any one supernatural power which would you choose and why?
To be able to travel at the speed of thought. Wouldn’t it be nice to want to be some place and a thought later, you’re there!