WRITTEN, DESIGNED & DIRECTED BY BRETT BAILEY
‘Bailey and his fantastic, brilliant cast get under the skin: like surgeons on acid, they operate in a dual theatre of the absurd and of cruelty, wielding interrogative scalpels of satire on the philosophical body of dictatorial dis(ease)…’
– THE CAPE TIMES
‘… a production that plays out like a nightmare or an hallucination, awash with potent African rhythms and avant-garde imagery. It’s mesmerising stuff… a riveting, invigorating experience that’s a route marker to the future of South African theatre.’
– THE CITIZEN
‘Marat/Sade meets Ubu Roi…’
– THE CAPE TIMES
Uganda’s Field Marshall Al Hajji President Doctor Idi Amin Dada burst on to the African stage with his military regime in 1971, sent Asians, British and Israelis packing, bankrupted his banana republic economy, advised Queen Elizabeth on her wardrobe, and slaughtered over 350 000 people during his 8 year rule.
‘He had the most powerful presence of evil, a scoutmaster promoted to ultimate power – terrifying.’
Dennis Kylie, correspondent for The Guardian in the seventies.
‘He was a very pleasant person, one of the most pleasant people I’ve met, when he was not in his rage – he had the rage of a wounded buffalo.’
Ugandan M.P. Henry Kyemba.
‘Everything he did, he did for show.’
Charles Mulekwa, Ugandan playwright.
BIG DADA explores dictatorship and ethnic factionalism in contemporary Africa. It charts Amin’s descent through a labyrinth of African theatrical forms into psychotic paranoia, and his country’s breakdown into chaos amid the nationalism, poverty and Super Power machinations that seethe across the post-colonial landscape of Africa. BIG DADA examines these tensions in an uncompromisingly volatile piece of musical theatre drawing on the rich traditions of African pop and traditional design, art, performance and music.
Idi Amin Seputla Sebogodi
Colonel Maliyamungu Andile Bonde
Narrator Lulama Masimini
Chorus Abey Xakwe, Odidi Mfenyana, Bongile Mantsai, Terence Nojila, Xola Mda, Lefa Letsika, Luyanda Butana & Mxolisi Bosvark
Idi Amin Sello Sebotsane
Colonel Malyamungu Andile Bonde
Narrator Michael Sishange
Chorus Abey Xakwe, Odidi Mfenyana, Makhosi Yafele, Andile Bonde, Ernest Itumeleng Togoe, Melvin Sontsonga, Xola Mda & Luyanda Butana