BY THANGO NTWASA - 26 November 2019 - 10:35
The Rocky Horror Show will see the first black female lead in its cast in the iconic science fiction-themed musical.
Award-winning stage actress Didintle Khunou will be the first black South African woman to play Janet Weiss, one of two students who find themselves stranded near the house of the zany scientist building a zombie.
"I never imagined it ever happening. I'm excited for people to see the show," said Khunou, who shared that she didn't think it wise to audition for the part of Weiss.
Award-winning actress and singer Didintle Khunou is raring to get Cape Town audiences to come and enjoy the return of The Rocky Horror Show, opening at the Artscape Theatre on 6 December.
Khunou's making history as the first South African black woman to play Janet Weiss. The character and her straightlaced fiancée Brad set off the show's chain of events when they get stuck on the road near Dr Frank-N-Furter's castle on a dark and stormy night.
"All I can bring is my own flavour, my own interpretation. Luckily, with the exceptional guidance of our director and our choreographer I've been able to mould a new and completely fresh take on the character Janet."
- Didintle Khunou, Actress and singer
The Rocky Horror Show has been performed in over 30 countries and translated into more than 20 languages. Richard O' Brien's critically-acclaimed show has had
multiple reinterpretations off the stage including a TV special on Fox starring
Laverne Cox and a tribute on popular musical series Glee, apart from a cinematic debut in 1975.
Khunou said the role of Janet has challenged her as an actress. "It's confirmed that, given the opportunity, skill set and adequate preparation, I can play any role under the sun. That awareness and confidence has significantly shifted gears in my approach to the craft," she said.
Khunou said she is keen to see audiences flock in their numbers.
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Didintle Khunou And The Color Purple Win Big At The 15th Annual Naledi Theatre Awards
On Monday May 20th 2019, the Annual Naledi Theatre Awards took place at the
esteemed Joburg Theatre and what a night it was for The Color Purple!
The Color Purple walked away with 7 awards including:
Best Musical Director to Rowan Bakker, Best Original Choreography to
Oscar Buthelezi, Best Director of a Musical to Janice Honeyman, Best
Supporting Performance in a Musical: Female to Lelo Ramasimong as
Shug Avery, Best Supporting Performance in a Musical: Male to Yamikani
Mahaka-Phiri as Harpo, Best Lead Performance in a Musical: Female to
Didintle Khunou as Celie and Best Production of a Musical.
“This was my first nomination for a Naledi Award and it is such a humbling experience to be honoured with this prestigious award,” says Didintle Khunou. “The journey of playing Celie as well as working with the incredible cast and creative team of The Color Purple was truly a blessing. I've grown tremendously as a performer and I’m hugely grateful at this time for the continued support from The Joburg Theatre and our South African audiences.''
Khunou congratulates all those nominated and all the winners in the
various categories at the Naledi Awards.
And the nominees are....?
The highly anticipated South African Naledi Theatre Awards revealed the nominees with The Color Purple Musical recieving a whopping 13 nominations.
On the 11th of March 2019, the Naledi Awards Nominees for the year 2018 were revealed at The Fringe, Joburg Theatre.
The Naledi Theatre Awards have been in existence for 15 years and are recognised as the Premier Awards Event on the Gauteng Theatre Calendar.
The Color Purple, which premiered in South Africa at Joburg Theatre in February 2018, was honoured with thirteen nominations: Best Production of a Musical by Joburg Theatre and Bernard Jay; Janice Honeyman for Best Director of a Musical; Best Supporting/Featured Performance In A Musical - Female to Lelo Ramasimong as Shug Avery, Neo Motaung as Sofia and Sebe Leotlela as Nettie; Best Supporting/Featured Performance In A Musical - Male to Yamikani Mahaka-Phiri as Harpo; Best Lead Performance In A Musical - Female to Didintle Khunou as Celie; Best Lead Performance In A Musical - Male to Aubrey Poo as Mister; Rowan Bakker for Best Musical Director; Oscar Buthelezi for Best Original Choreography in a Play/Musical; Sarah Roberts for both Best Set Design and Best Costume Design; and Richard Smith for Best Sound Design.
The 15th Annual Naledi Theatre Awards will take place on the evening of the 20th May in the Nelson Mandela Theatre at the Joburg Theatre. A limited number of tickets are on sale for the prestigious event. Visit www.joburgtheatre.com to book.
The theatre awards ceremony will be broadcast on Mzansi Magic as well as Kyknet.