Review: The Fall

Baxter Theatre Centre
Assembly Hall, Aug 15-20, 22-27

5 Stars (5 / 5)

Baxter Theatre Centre’s The Fall is contextualised within the student movement demonstrations in 2015 that started at the University of Cape Town, starting with the #RhodesMustFall campaign and moving on to the fight for free education in South Africa.

The Fall is a show that everyone has to watch. It is unapologetic, fearless, honest political theatre that neither glorifies nor sugarcoats the struggles of the black community in post-apartheid South Africa, and the complexities within the movement, including intersectionalism and non-binary exclusion. Told by the students who led the movements themselves, their bodies connect so strongly with the weight of their own words, the energy palpable throughout the 80 minutes. The students are unafraid to show the ugly side of revolution, the flaws of their thought, and their desires for a better tomorrow. What makes the show so devastating is the reminder that these young twentysomethings are forced to make decisions for themselves and their people, matters of life and death, that no person of privilege will ever have to make.

The Fall is riveting in content that remains all the more relevant in today’s political climate and definitely deserves the standing ovation it receives from the full house.