The Humber Mouth
Hull Literature
Festival 2003

{ Hull Literature Festival 2003 6th - 16th November 2003
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Festival Critic

{ Festival Critic: Steven Hall }

Renegade Soundwave

Writers Day

Ibsen vs. Strindberg

Jeremy Hardy vs the Israeli Army

An Audience with Joan Bakewell

Woza Albert!

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Pooh Bear Reading Workshop

Readers Day

Theatre Test Tube

Woza Albert!

Anyone leaving Monday’s Audience with Joan Bakewell feeling that the event was perhaps little dry and overly controlled, will have found the perfect, explosive, high-octane antidote in Tuesday’s brilliant Woza Albert!

This two man production was a furious singing, dancing, spinning, shouting, spitting atomic blast of theatre, G-forcing a laughing and applauding audience from left to right in their seats with sheer power and momentum.

The play itself was hugely fluidic with actors Peter Mashigo and Errol Ndotho leaping in and out of countless characters to paint a zigzagging narrative which imagines the second coming of Christ (addressed as ‘Morena’) to an apartheid-ridden South Africa.

Everyone has a response to the arrival of Morena – from the overworked, underpaid black brickmakers of the Coronation Brickyard (who plan to ask Morena to make bricks rain from the sky so they don’t have to work so hard), to the white president (who’s response involves teargas), to the men queuing for days at the pass office on Albert Street (the title of the play literally means – Rise Up Albert) to gain work permits just so they can beg for employment at the car windows of passing white people.

Morena inevitably becomes an enemy of South Africa’s white ruling class and faces arrest in one of the plays funniest and most telling moments – as an army of police close in, a single frightened worker from the Coronation Brickyard prepares to defend the son of god with a lead pipe. Morena speaks and the worker turns to him with a look of total astonishment:

“Forgive them, they know not what they do? They do know Morena, yes they do know.”

There is already talk of Woza Albert! returning for another performance. I really hope it does so more people in the city get a chance to see this great and important play. I’ll certainly be in the audience again, and I’ll be doing my best to persuade everyone I know to come along too. In fact, if there’s anything at all in word of mouth, the return of Woza Albert! will sell out weeks in advance.

My advice? Keep your eyes peeled for the announcement and put Hull Truck on speed dial, because, trust me, you don’t want to miss this.

Tuesay November 11th
Woza! Albert
Hull Truck Theatre


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