Following a critically acclaimed run at this year’s Edinburgh Festival Fringe the Royal Court Theatre presents the Baxter Theatre Centre at the University of Cape Town’s production of The Fall in the Jerwood Theatre Upstairs for a limited three-week run from Tuesday 26 September to Saturday 14 October 2017, with a press night on 28 September.
The Fall is written by Ameera Conrad, Oarabile Ditsele, Kgomotso Khunoane, Tankiso Mamabolo, Thando Mangcu, Sizwesandile Mnisi, Sihle Mnqwazana and Cleo Raatus, and has won The Scotsman Fringe First Award, The Stage Edinburgh Cast Award at this year’s Edinburgh Festival Fringe and the Fleur Du Cap Special Encore Award.
The production was a response by seven drama students and activists of the movements at the time. It does not offer solutions – it merely documents their experiences.
“That day we taught ourselves as the movement what we as the movement meant when we spoke about white supremacy, institutional racism and black pain at UCT.”
As the statue of colonialist Cecil Rhodes came down at the University of Cape Town, seven students wrote The Fall. It took South Africa and Edinburgh by storm and comes to the Royal Court for an exclusive limited London run.
As colonialist and patriarchal icons are dismantled across the world, The Fall goes to the heart of how race, class, gender, power and history’s voices intersect. In the wake of global events, The Fall reminds us that decolonisation is still a relevant, vital and urgent topic all over the world.
The cast includes Ameera Conrad, Oarabile Ditsele, Zandile Madliwa, Tankiso Mamabolo, Sizwesandile Mnisi, Sihle Mnqwazana and Cleo Raatus. The cast is curated by Ameera Conrad and Thando Mangcu, facilitated by Clare Stopford. The production is designed by Patrick Curtis, with costumes by Marisa Steenkamp.
Commenting on The Fall Elyse Dodgson, International Director at the Royal Court Theatre said;
“The Fall is a story from the front line that resonates with any of us who have ever taken part in student revolt around the world and down the ages. We are very proud to bring The Fall to London as another link in the connection between the Royal Court and contemporary South African drama that began with Athol Fugard in the 1970s and was most recently celebrated in our co-productions of I See You by Mongiwekhaya in 2016. The rigour of its thinking and the energy of the extraordinary ensemble make The Fall an important story to see.”