Actress Masasa Mbangeni is ready to hit the stage again after dumping her award-winning career in entertainment.
The actress who starred in Scandal! decided to make a comeback with the powerful play The Dying Screams of the Moon.
Masasa Mbangeni took a personal decision a few months ago to leave television so as to discover herself again.
The all new play is a collaboration between two theatre greats – Zakes Mda and John Kani. It was written by Mda and directed by Kani featuring Tinarie van Wyk Loots and Mbangeni.
The grand opening will be at the Market Theatre in Newtown on July 29.
The Dying Screams of the Moon tells the story of Lady and Missy. The two women find themselves struggling to survive in post-apartheid South Africa.
The play emphasized on the issue of land, especially on the displacement of black people to make way for whites. Gender issues and lack of women empowerment in the society is also depicted in the play.
26-year-old Mbangeni plays Lady – a former MK soldier who comes back from exile to find that the land owned by her forefathers is now the property of Baas Tommy, Missy’s father.
Considering the fact that the nation stills has poverty and homeless citizens to deal with after 20 years of democracy, Masasa Mbangeni says she found the story relevant to what is on ground in the society today.
“The biggest mistake was to expect black and white people to live peacefully after everything that happened during apartheid,” she says.
She commended Kani’s expertise and how happy she has been working with him.
“He is a genius. I remember when we started rehearsing, we spent a week trying to understand the script word by word and what each word meant.”
However, working with Kani brought back memories of her late father who was a fan and had watched Kani and Winston Ntshona in Sizwe Banzi is Dead.
“When the show was staged at the Market Theatre, my dad told me to go and watch it. He would have been proud to see me working with his hero.”
Apparently, it has not been all roses for Masasa Mbangeni to stay away from the stage. “I missed theatre. I missed the intimacy you have with the audience,” she said.
The young actress says her gratitude will forever go to Scandal!‘s producers for giving her the opportunity to launch her television career.