Following a critically acclaimed season at the 2017 Edinburgh Festival Fringe, having received two top awards and multiple five-star reviews, South African theatre production The Fall will make its Australian debut in the Fairfax Theatre for six shows only from August 28 to September 2 as part of Art Centre Melbourne’s Big World, Up Close series. This stunning piece of documentary political theatre is led by a powerhouse young ensemble who connect to their audience through story-telling and song.
Rising from the #RhodesMustFall movement, this collaborative piece of theatre emerges from the heart of South Africa, written and performed by an ensemble of seven students who were involved in the uprising. Race, class, gender, sexism, colonialism and ideologies of patriarchy – core to global conversations and interventions today – are recounted in personal experiences and tackled head-on, seeking to unpack discrimination in all its forms.
In April 2015, a student revolution at the University of Cape Town rocked South Africa and made waves around the world. The movement successfully sought to bring down the statue of colonialist Cecil Rhodes, situated at the foot of the university’s famous Jameson Steps, in protest of the white, Euro-centric cultural experience which dominated South African student life. The campaign for the statue’s removal led to a wider movement to decolonise education across South Africa, garnering global attention.
When the statue of Cecil John Rhodes was dismantled, seven postgraduate students wrote The Fall. It took South Africa by storm during the #RhodesMustFall, #FeesMustFall and subsequent student movements’ demonstrations in 2015. 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 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.
August 28 – September 2