The Royal Court presents The Baxter Theatre Centre at the University of Cape Town production

The Fall

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Tue 26 Sep - Sat 14 Oct 2017

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Available until 30 June 2020

“That day we taught ourselves as the movement what we as the movement meant when we spoke about white supremacy, institutional racism and black pain at UCT.”

As the statue of colonialist Cecil Rhodes came down at the University of Cape Town, seven students wrote The Fall.

It was a huge success in South Africa; received two awards and multiple five-star reviews at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe; and transferred to the Royal Court for a sold out run in September 2017.

As colonialist and patriarchal icons are dismantled across the world, The Fall goes to the heart of how race, class, gender, power and history’s voices intersect.

The production was a response by seven drama students and activists of the movements at the time. It does not offer solutions – it merely documents their experiences.

“The atmosphere among my fellow comrades is euphoric. We have brought this change.”

The Fall was presented in association with Assembly Festival and Riverside Studios.

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"A blast of passion... These young people... Telling us their truths, crying for their future. I loved it"

Ann Treneman | The Times Read full review

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“Powerfully driven… A truly ensemble production which has both teeth and heart. And one which stands for student revolt around the world and down the ages.”

Tom Dibdin | The Stage Read full review

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“Dynamite tale of student action… is a valuable and vital piece of theatre”

Fiona Mountford | Evening Standard Read full review

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“Unflinchingly honest and unapologetically proud”

Vicky Munro | The Upcoming Read full review

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“A funny, humane piece of work... that will have you on your feet and clapping until your hands hurt”

Tom Wicker | Time Out Read full review

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"Music acts almost as a balm... Rich, warming voices that soak through your skin"

Matt Trueman | WhatsOnStage Read full review

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“You will need to book quickly to catch this exuberant and thought provoking production”

Paul T Davies | British Theatre Read full review

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“The Fall isn't just a play. It's a chant. A call to action. A battle cry. A fight. A protest. It is a movement of liberated thinkers and well deserving of every glowing review it receives”

Alistair Wilkinson | Broadway World Read full review

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“Constantly upbeat and engaging"

Keith Mckenna | British Theatre Guide Read full review

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“[An] excellent production... Highly recommended.”

Ines Watson | The Sunday Express Read full review

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“The show pulses with life… Remarkable”

Joyce Mcmillan | The Scotsman Read full review

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“The Fall fights for the power of all the oppressed in an impressive, heartfelt performance that won’t soon be forgotten.”

Chiara Margiotta | Edinburgh Festivals Mag Read full review

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“A fascinating and troubling work, made simultaneously joyous by an outstanding ensemble.”

Hugh Simpson | All Edinburgh Theatre

“The Fall demands attention from the opening refrain right through to its closing 80th minute.”

Geoff Mills | Exeunt

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“Poignant, thought-provoking, rage-inducing, incisive, elegiac, funny in places and brilliantly acted, The Fall wholly deserves all the fulsome praise it has hitherto garnered”

Lindsay Johns | Afridiziak Read full review

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“There could not be a more relevant time to tell the story of #Rhodesmustfall.”

Nuri Syed Corser | Broadway Baby Read full review

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“Nuanced, compelling… This close-knit young group erupts onto the stage, humming with energy and resolve.”

Alice Saville | Fest Mag Read full review

"The Fall invigoratingly charts the Biko-isation of a generation of students”

Dominic Cavendish | The Telegraph

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