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WOZA ALBERT (article first published : 2006-08-26)

KZN theatre goers have two opportunities to enjoy the 25th anniversary production of Woza Albert: at the Catalina Theatre from August 29 to September 10 and at the Witness Hilton Arts Festival.

Woza Albert is a classic South African work that was originally created by three of the country’s most innovative theatrical personalities - Barney Simon, Mbongeni Ngema and Percy Mtwa.

Now directed by Shaun Gray and performed by Durban High School pupils, this two-hander featuring Thabani Sibiya and Khaya Mthembu recently returned from a triumphant season at the Grahamstown National Arts Festival.

Celebrating its 25th anniversary, this moving production is funny, poignant and theatrically very clever illustrating a fine example of the influence of Jerzy Growtowski's ‘poor theatre' principles which influenced South African Theatre at that time. It is a must-see for anyone who is a student of Drama or who is interested in a piece of classical SA theatre epitomizing the best of ‘apartheid era' work by master director and playwright Barney Simon.

Probably the best-known and most influential work to come out of South Africa in the early ‘80s, Woza Albert! almost single-handedly sparked the "workshopping trend" that became so prevalent in the ‘80s and ‘90s. Sensitive and satirical, it poses a simple question: What would happen if The Second Coming occurred in South Africa to save the people from Apartheid?

Performances at the Catalina take place from August 29 to September 10 from Tuesday to Saturday at 20h00 (Sundays at 18h00). Tickets R50 (R25 for scholars who make a block booking). There will be a buy-one-get-one free special offer on August 29, 30 and 31.

Bookings through Thandeka on 031 305 6889.

Look out for the production at The Witness Hilton Arts Festival which runs from September 15 to 17




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