The Dead Wait – review

Published: Monday, November 18, 2013 4:58 PM | Review by: Lola Kotey | Afridiziak Star Rating:
Ariyon Bakare and Janet Suzman in Dream of The Dog The Dead Wait is at the Park Theatre

It’s the late 80’s and Josh ‘The Blur’ Gilmore (Austin Hardiman) is set to break the world record as the first white athlete to run the 100m under 10 seconds, but the pressure of holding the hopes of a nation becomes a heavy burden for him to bear. He is conscripted into the army under the command of the tyrannical Papa Louw in Angola.

We watch an ultimately tragic bond grow between soldier and prisoner; and the toll it takes on the survivors of war, including their families.


In the African village, George Jozana (Maynard Eziashi), a black freedom fighter is gravely wounded. Louw commands Gilmore to carry him on his back to the border for interrogation. This is where our true journey begins, because we see them share more than sweat under the brutal sun, and more than blood from the war wounds – we watch an ultimately tragic bond grow between soldier and prisoner; and the toll it takes on the survivors of war, including their families. The scenes between these two actors are touching and wonderfully acted, as also are those with Adelayo Adedayo who played Jozana’s daughter, Lily.


Paul Herzberg in his formidable, unapologetic, oppressive role as Louw is memorable. Austin Hardiman’s role as Gilmore was both physically demanding as well and symbolic (to the play). The set, though simple, became another character in the background.


There were some shocking and thought-provoking moments, which I shall not reveal because they play a significant part in the play. Go and see it. It will not disappoint.


Info: The Dead Wait is at the Park Theatre until December 1, 2013. Book tickets



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