Following its unprecedented, sold-out success last year, The Fall – a vital production about the experiences of seven UCT graduates during the #RhodesMustFall and subsequent student movements – returns to the Baxter Golden Arrow Studio during youth month from 8 to 24 June.
The media and audiences raved about the production. Professor Pumla Gobodo-Madikizela wrote, “With all the images of violence in the media, it can be easy to lose sight of what sustains the journey that began with Rhodes. The Fall takes back the narrative and invites the audience to look beyond the headlines and to see the real human stories. It is a powerfully acted play, a profoundly complex and moving portrait of students’ struggle to free themselves from the burden of the historical legacy they have inherited.”
Tracey Saunders for Cape Times said, “The Fall epitomises the pivotal role that the arts can play in building a society and recording history in the making” and “There is indeed a new world to be won in South Africa and these young actors are at the forefront of the battle.” Argus Tonight called it “… a necessary eye-opener into the reality of South Africans …” and “…an insightful must for anyone who wants to understand …” Veteran arts writer Adrienne Sichel agreed, saying “… a gestating, carefully-crafted, seminal theatre piece with evolving performances, excellent design and production values” while Barbara Loots from theatrescenecapetown described it as “… stimulating and provocative …”
The Fall is a frank collaborative piece of workshop theatre devised by the cast based on their personal journeys during the 2015 demonstrations. Given the recent climate at tertiary institutions throughout South Africa, this production could not be more relevant, topical and perfectly programmed.