Film, TV & Theatre
Tonderai is an actor, writer and director for theatre, screen and radio. Born in Zimbabwe and raised in London.
As well as comedy and drama he has also written prose (fiction and non—fiction) including the short stories Bullets (Black and Gay In The UK Anthology, Team Angelica Publishers) and A Dispatch From Zimbabwe: The Visiting Hours for The Johannesburg Book Of Reviews.
He is a founding member and co-artistic director of the international Shakespearean troupe Two Gents Productions renowned for their mix of new writing and classical adaptations including the acclaimed Two Gentlemen of Verona, Kupenga Kwa Hamlet, Magesti and The Importance of Being Earnest.
His latest play Mugabe, My Dad and Me was shortlisted for The Alfred Fagon Award 2019 and premiered in 2021 at York Theatre Royal in a collaboration with English Touring Theatre garnering a wealth of 4 and 5 star reviews.
In 2021 Tonderai won a place on the inaugural writers' collective at Stockroom (formerly Out of Joint) and has co-written their Alice in Wonderland that will reopen HOME in Manchester.
MUGABE, MY DAD AND ME
York Theatre Royal / ETT
Dir. John R. Wilkinson
Tara Arts Theatre
Dir. Arne Pohlmeier
HARARE FILES: 700,000 PEOPLE LOST THEIR HOMES
Harare International Festival of The Arts, Arts on Main Johannesburg
Co-written With Sarah Norman
ZHE [NOUN] UNDEFINED
Soho Theatre, International Tour
Co-written with Chuck Mike and Antonia Kemi Coker
Central School of Speech & Drama
By Joakim Daun
THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST
Two Gents/ Tara Arts
By Oscar Wilde
MUGABE MY DAD AND ME
Audio version of Tonderai's play
THE TRANQUIL MINDS
BBC Radio 4
Dir. Jill Waters
MUGABE, MY DAD AND ME (York Theatre Royal, September 2021)
★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Phil Penfold, The Yorkshire Post
“Storytelling of the very highest quality”
★ ★ ★ ★ Clare Brennan, The Guardian
“a powerful personal tale of celebration and healing”
★ ★ ★ ★ Angelo Irving, The Stage
“Ambitious and incisive storytelling”
★ ★ ★ ★ Ron Simpson, What’s On Stage
“Engaging and passionate”
★ ★ ★ ★ The Reviews Hub
“Impressively thought provoking”
★ ★ ★ ★ Katie Goldsbrough, Fairy Powered Productions
“an excellent, entertaining way to learn more about recent history and the impact it had on Tonderai and his family and how Britain played a part in what has become of Zimbabwe now”