Tonderai Munyevu

Writer / Director

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Film, TV & Theatre

Assistant: Eleanor Sax

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.

Theatre

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AS WRITER

MUGABE, MY DAD AND ME

2021

York Theatre Royal / ETT

Dir. John R. Wilkinson
*Shortlisted Alfred Fagon Award for Best New Play of the Year 2019

THE MOORS

2018

Tara Arts Theatre

Dir. Arne Pohlmeier

HARARE FILES: 700,000 PEOPLE LOST THEIR HOMES

2017

Harare International Festival of The Arts, Arts on Main Johannesburg

Co-written With Sarah Norman
Dir. Sarah Norman

ZHE [NOUN] UNDEFINED

2013

Soho Theatre, International Tour

Co-written with Chuck Mike and Antonia Kemi Coker
Dir. Chuck Mike

AS DIRECTOR

BALTIMORE

2020

Central School of Speech & Drama

As Director
By Kirsten Greenidge

THE INCIDENT

2019

The Albany

By Joakim Daun
co—direction with Arne Pohlmeier

THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST

2019

Two Gents/ Tara Arts

By Oscar Wilde
co-direction with Arne Pohlmeier
*BEST ENSEMBLE OFFIE NOMINATION

Radio

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MUGABE MY DAD AND ME

2021

Audible

Audio version of Tonderai's play
1 x 70'

THE TRANQUIL MINDS

2015

BBC Radio 4

Dir. Jill Waters
1 x 5'

REVIEWS 

MUGABE, MY DAD AND ME (York Theatre Royal, September 2021)

 

★ ★ ★ ★ ★  Phil Penfold, The Yorkshire Post

“Storytelling of the very highest quality”

Review: Mugabe, My Dad and Me | Yorkshire Post

 

★ ★ ★ ★ Clare Brennan, The Guardian

“a powerful personal tale of celebration and healing”

Mugabe, My Dad & Me review – a powerful personal tale of celebration and healing | Theatre | The Guardian

 

★ ★ ★ ★ Angelo Irving, The Stage

“Ambitious and incisive storytelling”

Review: Mugabe, My Dad and Me – 'Ambitious and incisive storytelling from Tonderai Munyevu' (thestage.co.uk)

 

★ ★ ★ ★ Ron Simpson, What’s On Stage

“Engaging and passionate”

Mugabe, My Dad & Me at York Theatre Royal – review | WhatsOnStage

 

★ ★ ★ ★ The Reviews Hub

“Impressively thought provoking”

Mugabe, My Dad & Me – York Theatre Royal - The Reviews Hub

 

★ ★ ★ ★ 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”

Mugabe, My Dad and Me Review * Fairy Powered Productions