Staging in South Africa
Image courtesy of Sylvia Selzer
Naomi was invited to work with Action Transport Theatre on their co-production with South African theatre company Vuluvulani, working in Kwa Zulu Natal on the research and development phase, as well as rehearsals in Soweto.
This was not the first time the companies had worked together, but it was the first time they had employed a British actress to work with them on one of their co-productions.
She travelled to South Africa and worked with local artists and musicians as she rehearsed in Soweto, learning to sing in Zulu and understand the telling of local folk tales.
Naomi spent time in KwaZulu-Natal, a south-east province. Here she explored the rural life, living with a local family and participating in the household chores. Her practical and hands-on approach in learning how to spread a mud floor was looked upon favourably!
Taking on board all of these real-life experiences, Naomi returned to the UK and applied what she had learned to her portrayals of Gogo and Inyangar for Action Transport's summer of work. Both shows Gogo and Tselane's Song toured U.K, schools and arts venues, ending with a residency at The Unicorn Theatre.