By Mararo Wangai
Produced by Performing Lines WA
Presented by Albany Entertainment Centre
A soulful tribute to the choices we make and how they shape our lives, Black Brass is a theatrical feast; playful yet mysterious.
Written and performed by Mararo Wangai and joined live onstage by musician Mahamudo Selimane, this intimate and soulful experience celebrates stories of resilience – private victories rather than public actions.
Australia, today. In a small recording studio, a cleaner tries to tidy the mess left by careless musicians. As he cleans, a window opens onto his life – the pain of leaving his home, the alienation of living in a new land, his gratitude, his confusion, the beautiful mess of life. But simultaneously, on the other side of the glass, another man is recording music both joyous and heart-rending, songs of home, of love, of power.
Black Brass is a play of voyaging and discovery told through music and song that span a continent (Shangana, Swahili, Kikuyu, Xhosa, as well as English). Soulful, uplifting, it takes everyone in the room into the rich complexity of here and now.
★ ★ ★ ★ 1/2 “Passionately alive in music and movement, Mararo Wangai's magical realist tale speaks to the complex experiences of belonging and identity.” – Audrey Journal
English with songs in Swahili, Shangana, Lingala, French, Portugese and Kikuyu.
Babes in arms permitted for infants up to two years old.
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