PENNY Comes to Alexander Upstairs
Striking theatre, film, and television actress Zethu Dlomo takes to the stage in MoMo Matsunyane's PENNY at the Alexander Bar's Upstairs Theatre this March.
In her mid-20s, Penny is a graduate with an honours degree in Drama from a prestigious university who is struggling to find work. Talented and beautiful, with loving parents and a gay best friend, she struggles to unlock the doors to her dreams of being a successful actress. Struggling to make ends meet, she lives in a state of constant insecurities. The play follows her journey as her frustration grows and she is finally forced to make a choice about what she wants to do with her life. With an overwhelming love for her craft and an uncompromising burning passion for storytelling and acting, Penny realises that the only person who can help her change her life, is herself.
PENNY tackles the issues of South Africa's theatre industry in a funny, thought-provoking way. It is meta-theatre that aims to make serious statements about the arts in South Africa as the country heads into its third decade of democracy. Matsunyane also directs the play, using all the accoutrements of theatre, radio and film to create a performance that promises to be highly theatrical and entertaining. PENNY was commissioned and produced by Gita Pather and the Wits Theatre for theSo Solo Festival in 2015.
Zethu Dlomo is a film, television and theatre actress. Since winning the Naldi Theatre award for Best Breakthrough Performance for playing the title role in HAVE YOU SEEN ZANDILE?, she has starred in television series, films and plays and can currently be seen as Maddie on BLACK SAILS.
PENNY will be performed from 20-25 March at 19:00. Tickets are available from the Alexander Bar website, costing R100 if booked and prepaid online or R120 if paid on collection at the bar. For telephone enquiries, call 021 300 1652. The Alexander Bar, Café and Theatre is situated at 76 Strand Street in the Cape Town city centre and can be followed on Facebook and Twitter.