Soap On A Rope

Sea­son 1 SABC3 (*193) 19:30 Com­edy

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Ashish Gan­gaper­sad was a house­hold name for play­ing gay ex­tro­vert IT guy Prada Naicker on Isidingo (1998-cur­rent) from 2012 to 2014. But now the 33-yearold is go­ing for a less dra­matic role as scriptwriter Ver­bal on com­edy Soap On A Rope (2017-cur­rent)…

Tell us a bit about your char­ac­ter. Ver­bal writes scripts for [fic­tional soap] Hard Body but he’s hav­ing dif­fi­culty be­ing cre­ative and keep­ing the soapie afloat. And Ver­bal is a mama’s boy too – that makes for great en­ter­tain­ment. There are a lot of fa­mous faces on the show, like Luthuli Dlamini and Me­lanie DuBois… It was amaz­ing to work with the likes of Luthuli, Me­lanie and So­nia Mbele (for­merly Sed­ibe). We had a What­sApp group go­ing that made it eas­ier to sup­port each other and bounce ideas. How dif­fer­ent is a sit­com to a soap? Soaps are shot very dif­fer­ently to a com­edy, so there were a few chal­lenges. Com­edy uses a lot more move­ment and big­ger ex­pres­sions, whereas soapies re­quire more emotion from ac­tors. Tell us about the big­gest chal­lenge film­ing Soap On A Rope. [Laughs] Get­ting it all filmed in 13 days. That’s one episode ev­ery day. We were all thrown into the deep-end with that dead­line but you know what? We pulled it off and a big thanks goes to cre­ator Gray [Hofmeyr]. And how did it go work­ing with Gray, since he cre­ated Isidingo? I didn’t get to work with Gray on Isidingo as he’d left long be­fore my time. But work­ing with him on this show was mind-blow­ing. He is the Clint East­wood of lo­cal TV be­cause he has a clear vi­sion of what he wants to do and he is al­ways will­ing to lis­ten.

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