Soweto Theatre is proud to present Woza Albert! by Percy Mtwa, Mbongeni Ngema and Barney Simon, at the Red Theatre from February 8th to February 22nd 2017.
Woza Albert! remains one of the most vibrant examples of satirical anti-apartheid South African Theatre. It demonstrates innovation and creativity during a seminal period of theatre in this country.
Woza Albert! is still a relevant story today; a school set-work in the South African GDE school curriculum. The theatre piece is a great tool for audience development while assisting schools with their school curriculum.
The play portrays so much truth and clarifies a simple approach to the human condition, therefore makes it relevant to South Africa. Bheki Mkhwane and Hamilton Dhlamini play the roles of various black South Africans – a vendor, barber, domestic worker, manual labourer and soldier – receiving the news that Christ (Morena) has arrived in South Africa, where a Calvinist white elite imposes apartheid.
Bheki Mkhwane is best known to television viewers for his starring role as Samson, the head of the Ndlovu clan who is aligned with his hot-headed brother, Mandla, in the Mzansi Magic telenovela-turned-soap-opera isiBaya.
Hamilton Dhalmini is best known for his television roles as businessman Korea in the SABC1 sitcom Mzee wa Two Six (2005) and as Prosper in the SABC1 drama series Mzansi.
He also had a starring role as bumbling private investigator TT in the Mzansi Magic comedy series Boomba and TT, in 2012. In 2015 he had a starring role as Mnqobi Simelane, a self-made man in his 40s who is in a polygamous marriage with two wives and a possible third, in the e.tv drama series Umlilo.
The two theatre veterans make it easy for an audience to relate in the new South Africa, where people are desperate for a better life despite their political freedom. The parts played by Bheki and Hamilton show off their skills in acting, mime, singing and dance. They also create images using a few words and actions.
The play is a political satire that imagines the second coming of Christ in apartheid-era South Africa. It looks at a wide range of characters in South Africa at the beginning of the 1980s and attacks the pass laws that prevented Black people from moving freely at the time. The production uses the metaphor of Morena (Jesus) to show what would happen if he came back to South Africa during apartheid. Would he like what he saw? And if he saw the atrocities of the time then why would he not do anything about them?
Woza Albert! runs at the Soweto Theatre (Red Theatre) from February 8th to February 22nd 2017. Performances are Tuesdays at 11h00, Wednesdays and Thursdays at 15h00, Fridays at 11h00 and 20h00, Saturdays at 20h00 and Sundays at 15h00.
Tickets from R70.00 and are available by visiting www.sowetotheatre.com or calling 0861 670 670, as well as through Webtickets. For group bookings of 10 or more, please contact the theatre directly on 011 930 7461/2/3. Special pension discounts are available.