Chris Q. Radebe discusses the characterization and how to play the disrespectful King Dabula on isipaya

Chris Q. Radebe discusses the characterization and how to play the disrespectful King Dabula on Isibaya

Chris Q. Radebe discusses the characterization and how to play the disrespectful King Dabula on isipaya


Even though he describes himself as a writer who also acts, actor Chris Q. Radebe has left many viewers touched as King Dabula on Isibaya, and he lives for the reaction he manages to urge out of fans who like to hate his problematic character.

Chris may be a head writer on Isibaya and during a recent interview with TshisaLIVE explained how this actually helped him together with his acting, especially since his career ahead of the camera actually started off accidentally.

In 2018, after having been told he has “an actor’s face”, filmmaker Angus Gibson randomly gave him a call about his first role as Romeo on Isithembiso. That was when the acting bug bit.

Once he realised he loved it, Chris had to be a sponge and learn quickly the way to give acting his best shot. Luckily for him, being a scriptwriter worked to his advantage because once he learnt the way to tweak that process in order that he could apply it to his acting, he was well on his way.

“When I started I depended heavily on the direction, on the other hand, I realised that I had artistic freedom. Once I learnt to do this with Dabula and that I learnt with time that, as an actor, you’ve got the freedom to offer him those nuances and to offer him phrases that no-one else uses, then I started having more fun.
“Now I take that with me, everywhere I’m going now and that I desire I can now perform anywhere with anyone on any production.

“The character has helped me grow as an actor; there’s a difference between the primary time I played him and playing him now. The break I took in between then and now helped me to seem at Dabula with a fresh eye and that I knew if I used to be ever to play that role again, I will be able to do that differently and I’d make it better than what it had been. Now I got the prospect and I’m grabbing it with both hands,” he said.

Chris is not any stranger to both love and hate from Isibaya fans but explained that he lives for the reaction.
Chris Q. Radebe discusses the characterization and how to play the disrespectful King Dabula on isipaya
“I always say the worst thing which will happen to an actor is for people to not mention the character in the least. the other of affection doesn’t hate, it’s indifference,” he said.