I Know All the Secrets in My World by Tiata Fahodzi – review
The Albany Theatre

Published: Wednesday, March 9, 2016 13:07 | Review by: Adelaide Obeng |
Tiata Fahodzi's I know all the secrets in my world (c) Wasi Daniju Tiata Fahodzi's I know all the secrets in my world (c) Wasi Daniju

This is a moving piece. Strong and clear direction pulls you in and leaves you feeling hopeful and reflective.

A father and son navigate life after loss in a passionate play by Tiata Fahodzi.


Directed warmly by Natalie Ibu and performed with energy by Samuel Nicholas and Solomon Israel. ‘I know all the secrets in my world’ is a duet told through sound and movement.


This is play that has soul. Told in an episodic way we understand that the wife/mother has died and a struggle forward has begun.


The preset of the father and son playing a fun game on Wii gives an insight into their relationship. In a bright, homely kitchen during the first few minutes we see a couple inhabit the same imaginary world of superheroes and make believe, play fighting and creating weapons from household props, which is delightful to watch. The tone switches after the tragedy leaving the two actors appearing lost and helpless. In this aftermath the two are now notably unsynchronised with the physical space they share seeming less homely but smaller and dated.


Tiata Fahodzi's I know all the secrets in my world (c) Wasi Daniju Tiata Fahodzi's I know all the secrets in my world (c) Wasi Daniju

The actors worked well together conveying inner pain and confusion

The actors worked well together conveying inner pain and confusion. The direction conjures thoughts on communication, the limitations of words, the inability to communicate and how we seek comfort.


A particularly touching moment was the father played by Solomon Israel struggling to get to sleep with the absence of his wife, and sets out to fill the bedroom with her smell and warmth. The actors’ repetitive, rhythmic movements made both grief and love tangible and devastating.


The clever set design meant the audience could glimpse into four rooms of this compact house, the details like the ‘Daddies’ ketchup on the kitchen table brought the set alive with family familiarity.


This play is supported by a lovely complimentary soundscape - echoing the feel of ‘time standing still.’


This is a moving piece. Strong and clear direction pulls you in and leaves you feeling hopeful and reflective.


Tiata Fahodzi's I know all the secrets in my world (c) Wasi Daniju Tiata Fahodzi's I know all the secrets in my world (c) Wasi Daniju

Info: I know all the secrets in my world was on tour from 27 Jan to 4 March 2016 / visit Tiata Fahodzi's website for more info




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