US-based actor Molosi in Botswana

Staff Writer
One of Botswana's best exports in the arts world, Donald Molosi, is back in the country albeit for a short while after successful performances in the United States of America (US), India and Morocco.

In a previous interview, Molosi told Showbiz that because of school commitments, he was unable to perform as much as he would have wanted but fortunately for him, he managed to stage successful productions from the middle of last year.

The performing artiste, who is currently studying Theatre and Political Science at Williamstown College, Massachusetts, performed three theatre plays, namely Aisle 73, The Mother and The Government Inspector in the US last year before going to India where he worked with children with disabilities for three months.

After the stint in India, he got the once in a lifetime opportunity of going to the United Kingdom, where he studied Classical Acting at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts for six months.

The 22-year-old actor, from Mahalapye, says that as part of classical acting, he performed some of Shakespeare's works, describing them as  'the most challenging, scripts for any actor.'

"In England, I managed to take up some jobs and I also met Janet Suzman, who is regarded as one of the pioneers of theatre in South Africa. She gave me a good idea on how to use what I learnt in the UK in Botswana," Molosi says.

From Britain the actor went to Morocco in February this year, where he, as part of his Political Science course, did a study on Moroccan migration. While doing

research in Morocco, a Hollywood movie about the mayhem in Iraq, Green Zone started shooting in the country. The movie stars amongst others included the Hollywood heartthrob Matt Damon. Molosi auditioned for a small role as an Iraqi native and surprisingly, despite the fact that he is a non-Arab, managed to secure it.

"It was a speaking role but I do not think I will appear in the movie at all because sadly I had to abandon shooting due to school commitments," the ever-humble actor says.
While still in Morocco, he managed to stage two performances, one in French and the other one in Arabic.

Now that the actor is back in the country he has taken up a temporary teaching post at his former school, Maruapula, teaching Theatre and French while at the same time "researching on how theatre can be used as a tool in an academic setting".

The winner of the Lady Ruth and Sir Seretse Khama Brilliant Spirit Award in 2003 hopes to hand the baton over to another upcoming leader before returning to the US.

The hardworking young man also envisages doing voluntary work with the United Nations Population Fund (UNFAP) during his short stay in Botswana.

He also hopes to continue his collaboration with local actor Mpho Rabotsima in the stage play My Brother's Bone before he flies back to America.



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