The Port Elizabeth Opera House is celebrating its 125th anniversary this year and as part of the commemorations, veteran artists, Nomhle Nkonyeni and Marlene Pieterse, will be honoured for their contributions.
Plans to induct these two stalwarts into the Hall of Fame are at an advanced stage. Both Nkonyeni and Pieterse have a combined experience of over 100 years in this industry.
Although Nkonyeni started her career on the stage, she’s also a renowned film actor and currently plays the Queen’s Mother role on Mzansi Magic, Igazi.
In her long and illustrious career she has written and directed many plays but had never directed her own production.
The Port Elizabeth grandmother was excited after learning that she will be directing some of her plays this month and she had this to say, “Yes I’m very loved in Port Elizabeth not liked I’m loved, they appreciate my input.”
Pieterse runs a theatre school and has compiled many stories and tales.
One of them is Slave of Silence, a play about human beings’ ability to enslave themselves and to become consumed by anything.
Marlene Pieterse had this to say about the news:
“When Monde told me you know you become very humble when this comes your way. That was my reaction, because I will say the more you work in the arts the more humble you become, because it gives you such an amazing choice and a place to be in. To me it’s all about art.”
Opera House manager, Monde Ngonyama, says as a tribute to the two stalwarts contributions, their portraits will be displayed in the precinct for future generations to see.
“Nonhle Nkonyeni is a doyen of the theatre and it becomes fitting that the face should be hanged at the Opera House. As our mission to ensure social cohesion we will honour Nomhle Nkonyeni and Marlene Pieterse on a joint art work picture that we will have at the Opera House. We are still going to commission an artist who will provide us with the real picture of the art work.”
One of Nkonyeni’s productions, the Truck Driver will be staged at the Opera House this month.