From Sun City to Robben Island, ‘Woza Albert!’ takes us across apartheid South Africa in pursuit of Morena, the second coming of Jesus. This is a genuine Market Theatre revival brimming with new life and embellishment by the two actors; there’s barely a single moment of silence as they blast through the play, soaking with sweat, working embarrassingly hard for the audience. Apartheid may be over, but what the production conveys well is that apartheid was often as economic as it was racial, and it’s here that the play’s continued relevance comes through. Though it’s occasionally hard to follow, the virtuosic performances are not, and the whole production is a pleasure and an education.
Assembly Hall, 5-27 Aug, 4.00pm.
tw rating 4/5 | [Thom May]