Fresh from its resounding international success at the Edinburgh Assembly Fringe Festival in Scotland recently, winning two prestigious awards, earning five star reviews and standing ovations throughout, The Fall returns to the Baxter Golden Arrow Studio for a short season from September 12 to 21.
The cast is back to wow South African audiences in the wake of global events that have served as a reminder that decolonisation is still a relevant, vital and urgent topic all over the world.
Within the first week of the festival ‘The Fall’ received the Scotsman Fringe First Award (designed to encourage performers to bring new work to Edinburgh in the spirit of adventure and experiment, and to celebrate the best new writing on the Fringe). Two days later the cast received The Edinburgh Stage acting award, beating over 200 shows which were analysed and considered.
The play received rave reviews from audiences and the media, earning four five-star reviews from The Stage, All Edinburgh Theatre, British Theatre Guide and Sunday Express.
‘The Fall’ is a collaborative piece of workshop theatre devised by the original cast. When the statue of Cecil John Rhodes was dismantled at the University of Cape Town, seven Dramas postgraduates wrote this searing, insightful play about race, class, gender, sexism, colonialism and ideologies of patriarchy. It took South Africa by storm during the #RhodesMustFall, #FeesMustFall and subsequent student movements’ demonstrations in 2015 and 2016.
Seeking to unpack discrimination in all its forms, the play does not offer solutions to the questions raised by the movements which inspired it, but hopes to create and nurture dialogue.
‘The Fall’ is facilitated by Clare Stopford, curated by Ameera Conrad and Thando Mangcu (two members of the ensemble) and the cast comprises Conrad, Tankiso Mamabolo, Oarabile Ditsele, Zandlie Madliwa, Sizwesandile Mnisi, Sihle Mnqwazana and Cleo Raatus.
* Performances are at 7.30pm nightly, with matinee performances at 1pm on September 14, 19 and 21; and a Saturday matinee performance on September 16 at 3pm.
Bookings can be made at Computicket.