YACOOB ABBA OMAR: ‘The Head & The Load’, and the drama in Sudan
The futility and horror of war plays out on stage as well as on our TV screens
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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