The Fall

The Fall

It is important to place on record the aspirations and experiences of the students who participated in the #RhodesMustFall and subsequent #FeesMustFall movements.  This collaborative play presents the actual lived experiences of the students who fashioned art out of raw actuality.

Detailed Information

  • Title: The Fall
  • Playwright/s: Ameera Conrad & Thando Mangcu
  • Publisher: Junkets
  • Country of Origin: South Africa
  • Publication Year: 2017
  • ISBN: 9780994690258
  • Bib. Info: Paperback

It is important to place on record the aspirations and experiences of the students who participated in the #RhodesMustFall and subsequent #FeesMustFall movements.  This collaborative play presents the actual lived experiences of the students who fashioned art out of raw actuality.

Of interest is the fact that the play documents real events the actors were involved in, often using their own words verbatim, e.g. the final scene portrays a mass meeting over which the actor Tankiso Mamabola herself presided as chairperson.

The Fall and its company were graced with a special Encore Award by the Fleur du Cap Theatre Awards in 2017.

The play has had two successful seasons at the Baxter Theatre Centre; before going to the 2017 Edinburgh Festival.

It belongs in all public libraries, and in high school and university libraries.

What the play is about

The Fall is a play collaboratively written by the original cast as a reaction to and reflection on the South African student protests in 2015 and part of 2016.

The #RhodesMustFall and subsequent student-led movements in South Africa alerted the country and the world to the latent on-going issues brought about by colonialism and apartheid in South Africa. The Fall details the experiences of these particular students within this movement and how they deal with their traumas, while still moving towards activism for a free decolonised education.

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