Exclusive QnA with 'Suddenly The Storm' Actor, Renate Stuurman

 Renate Stuurman dishes the real on her role on the theatre show, 'Suddenly the Storm'


Firstly congratulations on bagging the role of ‘Namhla’ on Paul Slabolepszy’s SUDDENLY THE STORM, Many people know you from the major roles you have had on the small screen and films, how did you get into the theatre world and how has it been for you?

 - I studied drama at Rhodes University and so performing on stage is where I began, as a professional actor theatre has always been the medium I enjoyed the most and STS is my latest stage production and over the past three years that we’ve performed it, it has become one of my favourites.

 Please tell our readers about your role on ‘suddenly the storm’?

- Namhla is an extremely complex and intriguing character,in some ways she’s the most unlike me and I think that’s part of the reason I’ve enjoyed playing her so much, I hope this will be an opportunity for audiences to see me working in a medium I consider my first love. This character is a truth seeker and we follow her on that journey throughout the play.

 How is it working with an industry giants like Bobby Heaney and Paul Slabolepszy?

- Working on STS gave me the incredible opportunity to work with the legendary South African playwright, Paul Slabolepszy, it also gave me another opportunity to work with one of my favourite directors, the multi award winning Bobby Heaney, it has been a truly humbling experience for me as an actor, to work with such giants and be able to learn from them.

 Suddenly the Storm is playing at Pieter Toerien Theatre in Montecasino,what do you think audiences will be taking away from this play?

-Audiences can expect a play that will take them on a rollercoaster ride, with twists and turns that will having laughing out loud one minute and holding your breath the next.

What advice would you give to aspiring actors? Especially to those who are interested in doing theatre work?

-My advice would be to join a theatre group as early as you can, drama clubs,theatre groups I started in childrens theatre and if that option is available , I strongly advise young actors to join. Theatre for me is the best starting place to learn the tools you need as an actor.

What is next for you?

-I’m excited that we will be travelling to Cape Town again with Suddenly The Storm, so for the next few months I’ll be happily doing what I love most,theatre.