Kumbota

Kumbota yearns for the stage

Bruce Ndlovu
Last year, one of Bulawayoa��s most experienced and celebrated actors, Memory Kumbota, took a year-long hiatus from the stage.

It was the first time in 25 years that Kumbota had not appeared on stage in any capacity. A year after his decision to play a background role in the City of Kingsa�� theatre scene, the veteran actor is looking to make a return to the stage.

Kumbota said he was looking to take up stage roles again this year, as he missed the exhilaration of live performances.

a�?Acting is and always will be my first love. Throughout the year, even though I was involved in other ventures I missed the thrill of being on stage again,a�? he said.

Kumbota said that the decision to take a break from stage acting was deliberate, as he wanted the time to concentrate on other aspects of his career as a theatre practitioner. Kumbota spent the year as a teacher at Nhimbe Trusta��s Children in Theatre and Television project while he was also the director for Raisedon Bayaa��s Without A Name and Addicted.

a�?It was a conscious decision on my part because I wanted to explore what I can do behind the scenes. Besides acting, teaching is my other passion which is what I am doing more of now.

For The Taking I had Elton Sibanda and Musa Sibanda while for Addicted I have Musa and Charmaine all who were high school students when we started but are now at tertiary level,a�? he said.

Besides his desire to return to the stage this year, Kumbota also disclosed that he was working on a 13-part TV sitcom alongside Matesu Dube.