The Fall

The Fall

All Rhodes Lead To Decolonisation

Author: admin/08 June 2020/Categories: Main Artistic Program

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Event date: 2020-06-16 08:00 PM - 2020-12-31 10:00 PM Export event

The Fall is a vital and frank collaborative piece of workshop theatre devised by the original cast that took South Africa by storm when it premiered. Seven University of Cape Town Drama graduates share their experiences during the #RhodesMustFall, #FeesMust Fall & subsequent student movements’ demonstrations in 2015 and 2016. 

The #RhodesMustFall protest was originally directed against a statue commemorating Cecil Rhodes, situated at the foot of the university’s famous Jameson Steps. A month later, following a UCT Council vote the previous night, the statue was removed. The campaign for the statue’s removal led to a wider movement to decolonise education across South Africa, garnering global attention.
Race, class, gender, sexism, colonialism and ideologies of patriarchy – core to global conversations and interventions today - are tackled head-on, seeking to unpack discrimination in all its forms, trailblazing the genre of Theatre for Social Justice. The play does not offer solutions to the questions raised by the movements which inspired it, but hopes to create and nurture dialogue on intersectional and institutionalised discrimination against the marginalised. 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.


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