After the huge success of Rockville another drama series is expected to get viewers glued onto their television screens, Mzansi Magic has revealed a new drama series called Saints and Sinners.
The show will kick off on the 3rd of August and consists of a very interesting batch of cast members such as the likes of Tumisho Masha, Sidumo Mtshali, Nthati Moshesh, Tshepo Maseko, Sibulele Gcilitshana, Yonda Thomas, Siyabonga Radebe and Warren Masemola.
Saints and Sinners will show a family drama centred on the lives of two different families.
The drama series is said to be inspired by a quote from the late Nelson Mandela:
(“For to be free is not merely to cast off one's chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others”)
Siphelele Buthelezi had a chat with cast member/actress Sibulele Gcilitshana regarding her character in this new show that promises to be yet another entertaining production from Mzansi Magic.
Hi Sibulele and welcome to ZAlebs,
Tell us about your character on this new and exciting drama series?
My character name is Lulama Moloiswa, she is a mother to a 12 year old and wife to her husband “Thabang”. Lulama is also a teacher at a High School in Johannesburg, what I mostly appreciate about the character Lulama is her kind-hearted nature and the fact that she’s such a hard-working individual who does her work with great determination and dedication.
How does Sibulele adapt to any character she plays?
I gather research on the character as well as basing them on people I have met who remind me of elements of the character I am portraying.
Saints and Sinners is about the drama between two families, in your view what normally causes family drama (in real life)?
Love, sex, drugs, infidelity, poverty, and revenge, It is the usual list of things that animate human relations.
Tell us about your own family and if they experience such problems similar to those of the families in the drama series?
I have a huge family in every corner of South Africa. We don't have a family tree, we have a family forest. And ofcourse every family has it's own issues, no family is perfect.
Do you believe in Nelson Mandela’s quotes? If yes, what did the man (Mandela) mean to you?
Nelson Mandela lived a principled life which is inspiring in itself. "It always seems impossible until it’s done", is one of the many quotes of by him that have stayed with me.
What are your plans for Mandela Day?
Unfortunately on Mandela Day I’ll be filming scenes for the drama series the whole day, but whenever I do get the time I always make sure I offer my 67 minutes of assistance to those who are in need of it.
You have been in the industry for quite some time, how do you manage to remain relevant and what advice do you have for young actors?
In all the different areas that I practise my craft, I try at all times to conduct myself professionally. My advice to young actors would be to receive formal training and work towards constantly improving their craft.
Which one do you prefer, acting in a soapie or drama series?
I am drawn to how a character is written and whether a soapie or drama series, if the character is appealing to me, I will play the part.
What else are you currently working on?
I am currently doing a radio drama and finishing the filming of Saints and Sinners.
Don’t miss the premiere on Sunday, 3rd August 2014 on Mzansi Magic, channel 161