BLACK BRASS co-created and directed by Matt Edgerton. Written and performed by Kenyan-born Mararo Wangai, with composer-musician Mahamudo Selimane providing African songs with soulful passion and just stunning four chord riffs throughout. Loved the the delicious African Music, together on their African captivating journey that emotionally links Mararo Wangai to Mahamudo Selimane.
Mararo Wangai is a night-time cleaner, slowly working to vacuum the floors after cleaning up the mess of empty bottles/cans and pizza boxes, as left behind in a music recording studio. Guitar Music enlivens the many many theatrical songs, sung in English, Shangana, Swahili, Kikuyu, Xhosa etc. Mararo Wangai examines the painful shock of leaving home, and the many memories of home, and the discomfort arising from coping with being an African, who is now permanently living in Australia.
Engaging and entertaining storytelling, with clever use of the revolving set. Encompassing the vivid back-story of the African Cleaner, and also all about Africans now living in Australia, fully enjoying life by no longer fearing sudden death via murder/disappearing. Showcasing multiple African-Australian migrant stories, in words, lyrics and music. Multiple levels of meaning with ease in understanding, the complexities of living in Africa. Highly recommended.
Trumpet – Mahamudo Selimane
Sleeper – Mararo Wangai
BLACK BRASS at BELVOIR UPSTAIRS THEATRE
from the 6th until 23rd January 2022.
Co-production with Performing Lines WA, in association with the Sydney Festival.
Production Photos by Richmond Kobla Dido.
Duration 70 minutes (no interval).