The text for Sunday 16 February 2014 was Matthew 5:21-37. It speaks about even calling someone a derogatory name as being the same as having murdered them. The text and the timing of the Hate Radio production which is visiting South Africa was one of those “God-incidences” for me. The whole Rwandan genocide is summed up for me in the idea that this radio station controlled by the Hutus referred to the Tutsis as “cockroaches”. The Hutus were encouraged to kill the Tutsi “cockroaches”. A text and contextual link I couldn’t ignore.
The International Institute of Political Murder produced Hate Radio, a play written and directed by Milo Rau, with dramaturgy and conceptual management by Jens Dietrich and set and costume design by Anton Lukas. It is a multi-media work with a video by Marcel Bachtiger and sound by Jens Baudisch.
There are four listed live cast, being Afazali Dawaele, Sebastien Foucault, Diogene Ntarindwa and Bwanga Pilipili.
Each member of the audience is given a radio so we can listen to Radio Télévision Libre des Mille Collines (RTLM). This radio station name is French for One Thousand Hills Free Radio and Television. It broadcast from July 8, 1993 to July 31, 1994 and this radio station played a significant role during the April–July 1994 Rwandan Genocide.
The play looks at this concept and it is not easy viewing. It deals with the ugly events of this hideous 100 day genocide. I found this play very disturbing, highly fascinating and completely absorbing. It is long and static and in French with difficult to read surtitles, but its power is infinitely greater than these disadvantages. Unfortunately the run in Johannesburg is over.
Hate Radio was on a Wits Theatre on 14, 15 and 16 on February 2014. I saw it on 16 February 2014.