Spotlight profile

A packet of custard creams are the way to my heart.

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What kind of actor do you aspire to be?

A good one. Reliable and then some. “Get Nimshi to do it. He’ll bring it home.”

What performance piece did you choose for the showcase and why?

I wrote both pieces myself. The monologue ‘Frozen’ was inspired by the lack of acceptance and racism I received from other children being a black kid. My tussles with human needs such as acceptance and belonging that caused me to do things in hope of an acceptance I was never due to receive.

The duologue ‘Pastor Ricco’ was something I wrote specifically for me and my boy Denzel. We were so excited by it and gutted that showcase was cancelled. Firstly I just had to write something that was in my flipping voice! For the stake of my time at drama school I felt my voice wasn’t good enough. This piece was a moment for me to liberate myself of that (and also bag an agent). The scene itself was a culmination of loyalty, friendship, societal pressures and betrayal between two close mates who’ve taken different paths in life. David accepts Ricco for who he is, he really does. but does the world they share? A lot wasn’t said, so me and Denzel would have reveled in the opportunity of playing the sub-text of the scene.

‘Reneque from Camberwell’ by Nimshi Kongolo

© Jon Holloway

What book, theatre, film or TV production has most inspired you and why?

Not too sure. The Lehman Trilogy was pretty decent actually. One day I hope to be able to learn that many lines.

How have you been keeping creative during lockdown?

With nothing tangible to focus on it’s been harder for me not to be creative. Reading and writing (mainly poetry) took up a lot of my time. I also took online French lessons which was pretty cool. Bonjour. Yep, fluent.

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