Woza Albert is a satirical play written by Mbongeni Ngema, Barney Simon and Percy Mtwa.
Directed by Kagiso Mayisela and Kopano Maema. It was workshopped and took years of research and input from locals before it was performed in the Market Theatre in 1983. The play was written in the Apartheid era, as a form of Protest Theatre, which was confrontational. It brought up the sensitive subjects of Apartheid, such as inequality.
Bheki Mkhwane and Hamilton Dhlamini play the roles of various black South Africans – a vendor, barber, domestic worker, manual labourer and soldier. The play deals with Morena (Christ) coming to South Africa when he could choose anywhere in the world. Exploring beliefs and how people have faith in their Morena, dealing with the religion in the streets of Johannesburg. The main idea of Woza Albert, was however, to protest.
Venue: The Fringe, Joburg Theatre, Loveday St and Hoofd St, Braamfontein
Time: Tue to Fri 11am | Sun 3pm
Cost: R60 – R120