Woza ‘Woza Albert’, your time has come again at last


Woza ‘Woza Albert’, your time has come again at last

Classic 1980s cry for human rights is back on stage with original stars Percy Mtwa and Mbongeni Ngema

Lwandile Bhengu

Theatre legends Percy Mtwa and Mbongeni Ngema are ready to inspire the younger generation to continue fighting for human rights as they return to the stage to reprise their roles in the critically acclaimed Woza Albert.
“The problems of a black male in SA have escalated and social issues are still the same if not worse,” said Ngema.
“The legacy of apartheid is still with us and the content of Woza Albert will remain relevant in SA because it deals with content that is larger than life and because of the surge of corruption in recent times,” added Mtwa.
The play, set in the apartheid era, deals with the socioeconomic issues that black people faced and what it would mean for them if “God” were to return. Mtwa hopes that this symbolism of “God” will inspire a political change.
“Woza Albert deals with the abstract figure we call Morena in the play, a moral kind of abstract figure. Woza and Morena raise the fallen heroes at the end of the play and it’s a symbolic call to our politicians to transcend ideological differences and lead the country into the rebirth of a new nation, a new country, a new beginning,” said Mtwa.
The duo first performed the two-man play in 1983 at the Market Theatre in Johannesburg as a form of satirical protest theatre. It has been 33 years since they shared a stage together and Ngema thinks they have far more to offer audiences this time around.
“We are not as young and as agile as we were then but we are more mature mentally so the mental strength we have now outweighs the physical strength,” he said.
“It is an important statement to make that a show that was created that long ago but still has relevance today. That is why when a lot of actors want to sharpen their skills in theatre they choose to do Woza,” said Ngema.
• Woza Albert will preview at the Durban Playhouse on December 6 and 7 and will run until December 23. Tickets at Computicket from R100-R150 and at Shoprite Checkers.

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