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Sunday World - - News - Saints And Sin­ners District 9, Re­volt Story I Am About To Tell The

VER­SA­TILE star Sibulele Gcil­it­shana cred­its the suc­cess of the drama se­ries to the enor­mously tal­ented cast mem­bers.

In the Sun­day nights Mzansi Magic se­ries Gcil­it­shana (37), a theatre and tele­vi­sion ac­tress, a singer and dancer plays Lu­lama Moloiswa, a young woman from a middle-class fam­ily.

But all is not rosy af­ter she loses her child, then watches her mar­riage crum­ble.

Sea­son two kicked off with the bat­tle for supremacy be­tween the Khu­ma­los and Moloiswas, af­ter a sea­son one cliff-hanger that saw lead­ing lady Phindi (played by Nom­pilo Gwala) be­ing kid­napped, the re­turn of a long-lost father and a dom­i­neer­ing ma­tri­arch at odds with her shat­tered fam­ily.

I mean with the kind of tal­ent that sur­rounds me I can’t put a foot wrong,” said Gcil­it­shana about the star-stud­ded cast that in­cludes multi-award win­ning ac­tress Nthathi Moshesh in a lead­ing role as Mamo­hato Khu­malo. Other sea­soned ac­tors on the show are Tu­misho Masha, S’dumo Mt­shali, Siya Radebe and Thuso Mbebo.

It’s an amaz­ing pro­duc­tion. I’m in it not be­cause I need em­ploy­ment but I’m there to do jus­tice to the work of the pro­duc­tion team and that of my great co-ac­tors.”

Gcil­it­shana’s pas­sion for her craft shines through when she re­lates her path to star­dom, say­ing she en­tered the world of act­ing by chance.

Af­ter her ma­tric she ap­plied to study mu­sic at the then Tech­nikon Pre­to­ria where she was ad­vised to do mu­sic theatre.

I’m from Ngqa­makhwe, near eGcuwa, But­ter­worth in the East­ern Cape. Al­though both my par­ents are teach­ers, we didn’t have an inkling of what mu­sic theatre was. I was also re­quired to per­form a mono­logue as part of my ad­mis­sion re­quire­ments in 1998.

I knew noth­ing about what a mono­logue ... was.”

Now a qual­i­fied mu­sic theatre thes­pian, Gcil­it­shana has been on the box of­fice sci­ence fic­tion movie

among other block­busters. Her next movie is set for re­lease next year. In theatre she stars in Mon­a­geng Mot­shabi’s

which was nom­i­nated for Best En­sem­ble award in the Naledi Awards this week.

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