Seven recent UCT Drama graduates share their experiences during the #RhodesMustFall,#FeesMustFall and subsequent student movements in a vital new production, The Fall, at the Baxter Theatre Centre, from 6 to 29 October. The production is based on the cast’s personal journeys as people of colour during these demonstrations in 2015, during their final year as students at the University of Cape Town.
Given the current climate at tertiary institutions throughout South Africa, this production could not be more relevant, topical and perfectly programmed, focusing on and highlighting burning issues that beg to be addressed. The vital new play adds its voice to the national and worldwide debate and youth-led revolutions against injustices, inequality in education, cultural representation and many other contemporary conflicts. The mass student movement (and the ones that followed throughout the year all over the country) provoked worldwide discourse and action.
Social categorisations such as race, class and gender, as well as the ideologies of patriarchy and sexism - all issues at the core of global conversations and tragedies pervasive in today’s societies - are tackled head-on, as The Fall seeks to unpack discrimination in all its forms.