Leaving the television images of gunships bombing the Sudanese capital Khartoum for the cacophony of William Kentridge’s The Head & The Load at the Johannesburg Theatre was a surreal experience.  

There is a moment when the words “The Zeppelin is over Khartoum” flash onto the theatre’s screen, referring to the 1917 flight of what was nicknamed “The Africa Ship” on a resupply mission to troops stranded in Germany’s East African colony. At that moment, today’s bombing and the horror experienced by Africans in  World War 1 come together vividly. ..

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