Tonderai is an in-demand actor, writer and director for theatre, screen and radio who is interested in new and untold stories across the board. Born in Zimbabwe and raised in London, this is reflected in the work he chooses to engage in.
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.
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, he has written several new projects for them and will co-direct their forthcoming stage adaptation of Mansfield Park. Tonderai also won a place on the inaugural writers’ collective at Stockroom (Out of Joint).
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 collaboration with English Touring Theatre, garnering a wealth of 4 and 5 star reviews. In 2022 it transferred to London’s Brixton House. The play won the UK Theatre Awards 2022 for Best New Play, as well as an Antonyo Award Nomination for its audio adaptation now available on Audible. Tonderai is currently under commission to Hampstead Theatre, The Royal Shakespeare Company, and the Watermill Theatre.