11 July-5 Aug 2006. South African actor, writer and director Athol Fugards classic play about the injustice of apartheid is showing at the Baxter Theatre in Cape Town. Developed through improvisation with actors John Kani and Winston Ntshona, Sizwe Banzi is Dead is the story of a migrant worker who is obliged to assume another mans identity in order to survive. Kani and Nyshona are performing the play together for the first time in nearly 30 years, with direction by Aubrey Sekhabi. The play premiered in Cape Town in 1972 and this production marks the 30th anniversary of the student uprising in the black Soweto township on 16 June 1976, when protests against the requirement to study in Afrikaans triggered a nationwide rebellion that left hundreds of young black and coloured people dead. Mon-Sat 20.00. Tickets R55 - R90.
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Sizwe Banzi is Dead.
Baxter Theatre, Main Road, Rondebosch. Tel. +27 (0) 21 680 3989.