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Big Screen Stories | Nomhle Nkonyeni | TEDxPortElizabeth
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Added Aug 23, 2016
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Actress Nomhle Nkonyeni regales us with tales of her early stage career during Apartheid South Africa, eventually moving into Television and over 30 Feature Films. She pays homage to the Serpent Players in Port Elizabeth, playwrights Athol Fugard and Barney Simon. Working with Oscar-winner Hillay Swank in South Africa is one of the funniest moments she shared.

Nomhle Nkonyeni is a South African actress who has appeared in numerous television productions, including Mzansi, Tsha Tsha and the 2007 mini-series Society.
She also appeared in the 2004 feature film Red Dust. In 2016 she was awarded the SAFTAs Lifetime Achievement Award. She is internationally known for:Catch a Fire (2006), Of Good Report (2013) and Zulu (2013).

Born in Port Elizabeth on 4 April 1942, she has been identified as a major part of the history of theatre in this country. Her contribution is immeasurable according to celebrated author and academic, Professor Z.K.G. Mda. Today she still gives back to her community in New Brighton, Port Elizabeth. She trains young people in theatre production at the PE Opera House.

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