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The Fall theatre production dissects complex student stories

An ensemble cast of UCT alumni are staging a theatre production that puts the spotlight on recent student action.

Titled, The Fall, the production explores and echoes layered student voices, some of which have been lost through dominant media narratives.

Seven UCT Drama graduates workshopped the play which reflects their own experiences on campus and the realities of their peers.

The production maps the development of the #RhodesMustFall (RMF) movement and other student campaigns that followed, including #PatriarchyMustFall, #AfroPhobiaMustFall, #FeesMustMall and Shackville.

Cast members Ameera Conrad, Tankiso Mamabolo and Sihle Mnqwazana explain that their varying experiences in the student revolution forced them to grow and challenged them ideologically, physiologically and spiritually.

According to Mamabolo, the production highlights individual stories and uses the subjective experiences of different characters to create a dialogue.

The reflective production critiques the uprising and presents juxtaposing opinions which challenge perceptions, explains Conrad.

Mnqwazana maintains that while the characters are personal, they are also a part of a conscious effort to represent silenced and oppressed voices.

There is a lack of stories that are representative of people like myself. The movement empowered me. I am worthy and I can tell a story that means something. I matter. People like me matter.

Sihle Mnqwazana, actor

The Fall is showing at the Baxter Golden Arrow Studio, from 6 to 29 October, at 7pm nightly with Saturday matinees at 2.30pm.

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