THRILLING NEW SHOW: Actor Pallance Dladla speaks on his new role in local mystery series Dam

THRILLING NEW SHOW: Actor Pallance Dladla speaks on his new role in local mystery series Dam

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THRILLING NEW SHOW In Showmax’s South African series Dam, Pallance stars as Themba, a charismatic biker who involves alittle Eastern Cape Town trying to find his missing grandfather. The Isibaya actor costars with Lea Vivier, who plays Yola Fischer, a lady who also returns to the town to bury her father but finds herself suffering from spirits which will or might not be real. The pair meet at Yola’s dad’s funeral and quickly find they will trust only one another if they’re to survive the threats they face. “What Themba wants is to seek out a home, and what home symbolises are the items that accompany it, like belonging, to like and be loved. He’s always been in search of that. Moving from one place to a different, he believes the grass is greener on the opposite side,” Pallance says. BECOMING THEMBA “Every time I build a personality, I start by exploring what the character needs quite anything,” the 28-year-old says. “I always have something to mention and that i say it through these characters. Need are some things primal we all experience. It doesn’t matter what corner of the planet you come from, we all know the necessity to survive, to love, to be respected. of these things resonate with me. “What Themba must do is to prevent running. He must be still and to concentrate and understand his identity.” COVID SHOOTING Filming during the pandemic was challenging, Pallance says. “There was initially the uncertainty of not knowing whether we were getting to shoot or not, but once we started filming [on location within the Eastern Cape] there was a pleasant atmosphere on set in terms of being stuck therein world, because I wasn’t travelling to and from the set. “We were shooting for months, and that i was there until we finished, so being ‘trapped’ therein world created a sense of camaraderie within the cast, a sense of ‘we’re beat this together’.” GOOD MEMORIES A former motorcyclist himself, Pallance sold his motorbike years ago, but the prospect to play a biker “was one among the explanations I jumped at this series. My first bike experience was with my grandfather once I was very young”. Pallance’s grandfather died when he was in his early seventies, and therefore the series brought back fond memories. “Getting to play this character was like living my childhood again. it had been fun. I quite connected the sensation I experienced once I was a child with my grandfather with the emotions i used to be trying to evoke on screen.” – YOU