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Scout to feature in one-man show

Mohalenyane Phakela

The promotional poster for the play.
The promotional poster for the play.

IN a bid to promote solo acting and to relay social messages in a unique way, local theatre actor, Gonzales Scout, will perform a one-man show at Ster Kinekor cinema at Pioneer Mall in Maseru, on Friday starting at 7pm.
Scout will stage the play Stupid-Pride in which he takes on all the characters in the storyline.

Created by Bishop Daniel Makutsoane, written by Scout and directed by Henry Ramaphike, the play delves into some of the mistakes people make in life because of pride, as suggested by the title.
“Through this theatrical presentation, we are trying to encourage people to humble themselves and swallow their pride,” said Scout in an interview with Xpress People this week.
“Most people tend to make drastic decisions when they are in trouble or under pressure, which is something also addressed in the play.”
“To every problem there is a solution, no matter how big it is,” he said.

Scout said the play also seeks to help instil a sense of self-worth in society and ensure people stand true to their principles, rather than imitating others.
“Everyone has his or her own talent,” went on Scout.

“They need to discover their competences and not think they should do something merely because someone else excels in it.”
The veteran actor he will combine various elements of acting, using different voices, movements and lot of energy to keep the crowd entertained.
“I will be acting different characters in the play who have different characteristics.
There is also the element of stage presence and a bit of humour to keep the audience captivated.”

Scout’s talent was discovered in 1975 during his high school days by his then teacher, renowned author and lecturer, Professor Zakes Mda.
to Scout acting has always been part of his life since childhood when he used to play Mantloane — a game in which children imitate their families.
He has also performed various one-man-hander theatre plays in countries such as England, Denmark and a number of African countries.
Scout’s objective is to foster the craft among Basotho and ensure the appreciation of theatre in the country grows.
“I would like to see Lesotho’s youth joining theatre, mostly, the one-man-handers because they are cheaper to setup and run, he said.
“This form of art requires time, commitment, creativity and good diction.
My doors are open to anyone who wants to learn or work with me.”

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