Tuesday, March 16, 2021, 20:00 EET (GMT +02:00)


Director: Achiro P. Olwoch / Uganda

Actor: Romanița Ionescu

Episode: Day 9. Story 7

about the Director

Achiro P. Olwoch

Achiro Patricia Olwoch hails from Gulu, in Northern Uganda and she is an award winning writer, playwright and filmmaker.

Achiro has written and published four books and is working on writing her fifth. She is presently in the process of completing her late father’s manuscripts that he left behind after his death in 1994 and ready them to share with the rest of the world.

She is an award winning writer, director and producer after winning numerous for her Coffee shop TV series as creator and writer and Yat Madit as head writer, and her short films; The Surrogate, The Mineral Basket, Maraya Ni.

She is presently in post working on a feature documentary My Prison Diary due for release in 2021 and she has two feature scripts – The General’s Amnesty and The Surrogate – in development.

Achiro has been writing ever since she left the airline industry in 2002. She has worked as a radio scriptwriter, a playwright, a film and television scriptwriter alongside writing her books. She has also worked as sub-editor for the Ugandan lifestyle magazine that was called African Woman magazine and also later as the Editorial director for a lifestyle magazine that she started in Malawi called The African Dzuwa meaning The African Sun.

She has mentored a couple of emerging writers in the performing arts during annual residential workshops by the Kampala International Theatre Festival for the past two years.

More about Achiro and her works can be found on her website: www.achiropolwoch.com

about the actor

Romanița Ionescu

Romanița Ionescu graduated from the Bucharest University of Theatre and Film (UNATC), Faculty of Theatre, class Prof. Florin Zamfirescu, in 2000, and, since then, she has been an actress at the „Marin Sorescu” National Theatre in Craiova. 

Her characters – explosive combinations of sensuality and strength, emotions and precision, fragility and impetuous energy – are chameleonic, expressing a permanent search and a creative anxiety.

She surprises through her richly nuanced acting that allows her to play cleverly with the possible cliches, and to make an intense and unforgettable experience out of each of her roles.

Dr. Romanița Ionescu is teaching Acting at the University of Craiova, Arts Department, and she is in permanent contact with younger generations of artists, exchanging experiences, energies and sensitivities that influence her extremely open and creative way in which she discovers and builds her characters. A special impact is also represented by her directorial work at the Craiova National Theatre, where she staged: Crimes of the Heart by Beth Henley (2011) and Dangerous Liaisons by Choderlos de Laclos (2012).

As an actress she made her debut as Beatrice in the Gossip Carnival after Carlo Goldoni, directed by Vlad Mugur, and at present she plays in 14 performances of the current season; her most recent character is Blanche, a young woman who suffers from nosophobia (dread of contracting disease), in the comedy TOC TOC, directed by Alexandru Boureanu and Raluca Păun. Her roles in tv shows, musical clips, and especially cinema are also worth mentioning: May You Be Blessed, Prison! directed by Nicolae Margineanu (2001); The Necessary Angel, directed by Gheorghe Preda (2004) or Somewhere in Palilula, directed by Silviu Purcărete (2010).

Last autumn, Radu Afrim’s premiere of Heart and Other Meat Products by Dan Coman took place. It is her third collaboration with Radu Afrim, after her roles in his performances of If We Thought Out Loud by Adnan Lugonić and The Chocolate House by David Drábek. 

Romanița Ionescu is also part of the cast in three of Bobi Pricop’s performances staged in Craiova: Illusions by Ivan Vyrypaev, Talk Radio by Eric Bogosian and The Religion Teacher (for her multiple roles in this performance she was nominated for the UNITER Prizes).

In the current season she can also be seen in: Bang! by Marius von Mayenburg, directed by Theodor Cristian Popescu; White Room by Alexandra Badea, directed by Florin Caracala; The Smell of the Kill by Michele Lowe, directed by Alexandru Boureanu; Fȇte after Molière, directed by Andreea Ciocîrlan; The Sands’ Monster by Csaba Szekely, directed by Irina Crăiță-MândrăThe Jays by Al. Kirițescu, directed by Alexandru Boureanu; The Other Country by Herta Muller, directed by Alexandru  Istudor.

Uganda artists talk