11 Questions with the cast of Sizwe Banzi is Dead – Tonderai Munyevu

Tonderai Munyevu and Sibusiso Mamba in rehearsals for Sizwe Banzi is Dead. Photo by Richard Hubert Smith.

Tonderai Munyevu and Sibusiso Mamba in rehearsals for Sizwe Banzi is Dead. Photo by Richard Hubert Smith.

Following a sell-out run in 2013, Tonderai Munyevu returns to the Young Vic to play Styles and Buntu in Matthew Xia’s production of Sizwe Banzi is Dead.

Can you describe your characters, Styles and Buntu, in Sizwe Banzi is Dead in three words?
Styles: Dapper, alert, thriving.
Buntu: Strong, compassionate, willing.  

 If you had to pick a favourite line from the play, which one would it be and why?
‘His face was weather beaten, lined with experience.’

What is your favourite play (seen, read or worked on)?
Ibsen’s A Doll’s House. Structure, theme, drive – perfection.

What is your favourite midnight snack?
Chicken wings.

What is your favourite word?
Sure.

What are you most passionate about?
Equality and fairness – especially when it comes to education.

If you could be in a room full of any one thing, what would it be?
My friends and family.

Favourite holiday you’ve ever been on?
A very short break in Sydney. Beaches and partying combined in one place.

Dogs or cats?
Dogs – preferably cream and fluffy.

What is your favourite song?
Jesus Loves Me (any gospel version) and Dreams by Fleetwood Mac.

If you could have any one supernatural power which would you choose and why?
To heal wounds, everyone would be excited to see me.

Sizwe Banzi is Dead is on now until 15 March at the Young Vic. Click here to book now or find out more.

11 Questions with the cast of Public Enemy – David Sibley

What is your favourite play (seen, read, or worked on)?
Uncle Vanya

What is your favourite midnight snack?
I’m asleep long before then.

What is your favourite word?
Sunshine

What are you most passionate about?
My grandchildren.

If days were 28 hours long, what would you do for the extra 4 hours?
Hope for sunshine and sit in it, playing music and reading.

If you could be in a room full of any one thing, what would it be?
Good red wine.

Favourite city – why?
New York. It’s like being in a Batman film and a Woody Allen film at the same time.

What is your favourite song?
A Soft Place to Fall, Allison Moorer.

If you could have been born in any era, which would it be and why?
I feel fine about the era I was born into!

If you could have any supernatural power, which would you choose?
The power to put this government into the shoes of the people it’s hurting. (I think that answers the ‘why’ as well.)

David Sibley plays Morten Kiil in Ibsen’s Public Enemy, which begins 4 May at the Young Vic.

Previous Young Vic credits: Sweet Nothings, Uncle Vanya, Cruel and Tender.

Theatre includes: Dallas Sweetman (Paines Plough/Canterbury cathedral); Space Project (RSC/Davidson US); Naked (Almeida); Dirty Wonderland (Frantic Assembly); Edward Bond’s Lear (Sheffield Crucible).

Film includes: Mr Nice, Closed.

Television includes: Broadchurch, Utopia, Mrs Biggs, New Tricks, Wallander.

 

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11 Questions with the cast of Public Enemy – Adam Best

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What is your favourite play (seen, read, or worked on)?
Seen – Shining City at the Royal Court. Read – The Pillowman by Martin McDonagh.

What is your favourite midnight snack?
Chicken from Chick ‘n’ Ribs, Tooting

What is your favourite word?
SNACK!

What are you most passionate about?
Friends and family.

If days were 28 hours long, what would you do for the extra 4 hours?
Procrastinate.

Favourite holiday?
Mooched about Cornwall with Sarah and ate nice food.

Favourite city – why?
London. Home. Or Edinburgh because it smells excellent.

What is your favourite song?
Changes frequently. Currently Drops in the River by Fleet Foxes. (Listen here!)

If you could have been born in any era, which would it be and why?
Jurassic. Just to see.

If you could have any supernatural power, which would you choose?
Willpower.  Then I’d go to the gym more often.

Adam Best plays Horster in Ibsen’s Public Enemy, which begins 4 May at the Young Vic.

Theatre credits include: Woman in Black (West End); Our Country’s Good, Journey’s End (Original Theatre Company); The Golden Dragon (ATC); Pieces of Vincent (Arcola); Northern Star (Finborough); By the Bog of Cats (Wyndhams).

Film and television includes: Holby City, Waking the Dead, Silent Witness, The
Bill, The Catherine Tate Show, Blooded, CupCake.

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Sneak peek: Public Enemy photo shoot

Public Enemy rehearsals are well under way and we recently did a photo shoot with cast members Nick Fletcher, Darrell D’Silva, Bryan Dick and Beatrice Walker.  Check out some of the great shots, taken by Johan Persson at the Jerwood Space!

This new take on Ibsen’s classic is written by David Harrower, directed by Richard Jones and designed by Miriam Beuther, who was just nominated for an Olivier for last year’s Wild Swans set design.  This dream team also collaborated on our hit production of Government Inspector in 2011.  Public Enemy begins 4 May – book now online or call the Box Office.

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, 2013, Credit: Johan Persson/

Beatrice Walker plays Petra

, 2013, Credit: Johan Persson/

Bryan Dick plays Hovstad

, 2013, Credit: Johan Persson/

Nick Fletcher plays Dr Stockmann

, 2013, Credit: Johan Persson/

Darrell D’Silva plays the Mayor