"black people's theatre productions of the Woza Albert and Asinamali ilk"

Woza Albert poster
Public DomainWoza Albert poster - Credit: Lucille Lortel Foundation
Woza Albert! ("Rise Albert") was written by Percy Mtwa, Mbongeni Ngema and Barney Simon in 1981. It opened at Johannesburg’s Market Theatre and went on to tour Europe and America. It was performed in London in 1983 and 2002.  The play won more than 20 awards worldwide.

Two actors play roles of various black South Africans - a vendor, barber, servant, manual laborer, soldier - receiving the news that Christ (Morena) has arrived in apartheid South Africa.  Christ's arrival precipitates a crisis, and the government launches a nuclear bomb against the peacemaker. In the ruins, great South African resistance leaders, such as the ANC President Albert Luthuli, are resurrected. The play includes mime, song and dance. See excerpts on vimeo.