As the statue of imperialist Cecil Rhodes was dismantled at the University of Cape Town, seven students wrote The Fall, charting their experiences as activists who brought down a statue and then grappled with decolonizing what was left standing in its wake: the legacies of race, class, gender, history, and power 24 years after the official end of Apartheid. Political and deeply personal, vibrating with song, dance, and the energy of youth, The Fall comes to DC with the urgency of history being told as it’s created, resonating with America's debates about falling monuments, rising tuition, and “appropriate” ways to fight for long-promised equality.
“A funny, humane piece…rooted in a passion, bravery, and determination that will have you on your feet and clapping until your hands hurt.”
“The story is explosive but the storytelling itself is dynamite, as a seven-strong ensemble…talk, sing, chant, dance and stomp their way through 80 pulsating minutes of anger and sadness.”
"A blast of passion... These young people... Telling us their truths, crying for their future. I loved it"
“Unflinchingly honest and unapologetically proud.”
“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.”
The Fall is a play forged in the #RhodesMustFall and #FeesMustFall student protest movements, by seven student activists—all people of color—who spent a year on the frontlines, and were invited by the Baxter Theatre Centre to create a play tracing the stories they lived and saw in the work and sacrifices of a new generation of South Africans determined to leave their country changed in ways their parents’ generation did not.Read More
Read and watch interviews with members of The Fall’s creative team: Their process creating the piece, the reception they’ve received, how much their characters reflect their own experiences, and the kinds of work they hope to make next.Read More
As Studio hosts seven student activists who took part in the #RhodesMustFall protests to to take down the statue of British imperialist Cecil Rhodes, we consider the legacy of monuments to the Confederacy (1,740 as of August 2018) and the push to remove or re-contextualize the history around us, here in DC.Read More