Simbarashe Matshe is extremely excited to be joining the Auckland Theatre Company family again. This is Simbarashe’s second production with Auckland Theatre Company as he has previously played the role of Walter in Filthy Business (2018). It feels very much like returning home for him. He has also featured in screen projects, including Frontiersman, Ash vs Evil Dead, Mortal Engines and AFK season 2.
Born in Zimbabwe, Simbarashe found his love of theatre and the arts at a young age. After emigrating to New Zealand, he spent most of his formative years in Wellington before eventually moving to Auckland to pursue acting. Black Lover has allowed Simbarashe to reconnect with his birthplace in a uniquely marvellous way, and credits that to the Playwright Stanley Makuwe, Director Roy Ward and fellow cast member Cameron Rhodes. Simbarashe wishes to thank his family for supporting him through the years, as well as his soon-to-be fiancée Madeline, for loving and encouraging him, and allowing him to chase his dream.