11 Questions with The Convert’s Pamela Nomvete

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Pamela Nomvete in The Convert. Photo by Marc Brenner.

Pamela Nomvete plays Mai Tamba in The Convert which is currently running at the Young Vic until 26 Jan. We’ve posed 11 Questions to find out more about her and her character: 

1. What are you usually doing 10 minutes before the show begins?  

I’m usually going over my Shona!

2. What was it that first got you interested in theatre?

When I was doing my A levels my best friend asked me to be her partner in a drama festival. Since then I was bitten by the bug of theatre!

3. Can you describe your character in The Convert in three words?

I would describe her as the – Mother of Zimbabwe.

4. What can the audience expect from this production that’s different to anything they may have seen before?

There is heart and soul in this production. Three generations from the African diaspora storytelling together.

5. What language do you wish could speak?

I would love to learn Swahili.

6. What’s your favourite midnight snack?

I am fast asleep at midnight. No snacks!  

7. Who do you think must see this show before it ends its run?

Everyone.

8. If your character had a catchphrase, what would it be?

Let’s move!

9. What’s the most memorable moment you’ve had at the Young Vic?

The Convert press night.

10. Which country would you like to visit and why?

I would like to visit Cuba.

11. If you could be an animal for one day, which animal would you be?

A unicorn. They seem to straddle the world of fantasy and reality for me.

The Convert is now playing at the Young Vic until January 26. Tickets are now sold out but returns may be available on the day of each performance. Speak to our Box Office for more information on 020 7922 2922.

First Look: The Convert Production Photos

Take a look at the production photos for Danai Gurira’s The Convert, directed by Ola Ince. Now running at the Young Vic until 26 January 2019. 

It’s 1896 in what is modern day Zimbabwe and Jekesai, a young woman fleeing forced marriage, finds herself working for devout Catholic priest, Chilford. Chilford relishes the opportunity to mould his new convert, but Jekesai’s salvation has a price.

Cast includes Jude Akuwudike, Paapa Essiedu, Ivanno Jeremiah, Luyanda Unati Lewis-Nyawo, Rudolphe Mdlongwa, Pamela Nomvete and Letitia Wright.

Set and Costume Designer Naomi Dawson and Lighting Designer Bruno Poet.

Book tickets from £10 : https://www.youngvic.org/whats-on/the-convert

Rudolphe Mdlongwa and Pamela Nomvete in The Convert. Photography by Marc Brenner
Ivanno Jeremiah in The Convert. Photography by Marc Brenner
Ivanno Jeremiah in The Convert. Photography by Marc Brenner
Letitia Wright in The Convert. Photography by Marc Brenner
Letitia Wright in The Convert. Photography by Marc Brenner
Luyanda Unati Lewis-Nyawo in The Convert. Photography by Marc Brenner
Luyanda Unati Lewis-Nyawo and Letitia Wright in The Convert. Photography by Marc Brenner
Paapa Essiedu and Letitia Wright in The Convert. Photography by Marc Brenner
Full Company in The Convert. Photography by Marc Brenner
Ivanno Jeremiah in The Convert. Photography by Marc Brenner
Jude Akuwudike in The Convert. Photography by Marc Brenner
Letitia Wright in The Convert. Photography by Marc Brenner
Paapa Essiedu and Letitia Wright in The Convert. Photography by Marc Brenner

The Convert runs at the Young Vic until 26 January. Limited tickets from £10. Find out more and book tickets now on our website.

Photography by Marc Brenner