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Sizwe Banzi is Dead

Sizwe Banzi is Dead


  • DATES & TIMES: Tuesday 27 May-Friday 30 May, 7.45pm & Saturday 31 May, 2.30pm & 7.45pm
  • RUNNING TIME: 90mins
  • AGE GROUP: 12+ (contains violence, strong language and smoking)
  • TICKETS: £16 / £14
  • CONCESSIONS: £12 / £10

  • Sizwe Banzi is Dead

    In memory and honour of the 20th anniversary of Nelson Mandela's inauguration, Genesis Future Directors Award winner Matthew Xia directs Athol Fugard's momentous, Tony-nominated play which exposes the struggle for freedom and identity in apartheid-era South Africa, unravelling the brutal absurdities of everyday life under oppression.

    'How do I live as another man's ghost?'


    It’s 1972 in Port Elizabeth, South Africa and Sizwe Banzi’s passbook gives him just three days to find work. No work and he’ll be deported. That was four days ago. So when Sizwe stumbles across a dead body with a passbook, he asks himself – does his identity card really define who he is? Could he give up his family and his name in order to survive?


    Sizwe Banzi is Dead received its UK premiere in 1973, directed by Athol Fugard in collaboration with John Kani and Winston Ntshona, after their world premiere in Cape Town in 1972. Its original run saw incredible success along with being voted 'Best Play' at the London Theatre Critics Awards and receiving three Tony Award nominations during its broadway run. Sizwe Banzi is Dead is regarded as a cornerstone in the global anti-apatheid movement and Matthew Xia's revival of this classic piece is phenomenal.


    'Xia's stylishly stark, brilliantly acted production is extraordinary'

    The Times


    'A gripping triumph'

    The Daily Telegraph- Read the full review here.


    'A spiky apartheid masterpiece.'

    Time Out- Read the full review here.



    Sizwe Banzi is Dead comes to the Albany as part of the 2014 National Tour with stunning performances by Sibusiso Mambo and Tonderai Munyevu.




    Please note: This performance contains strobe lighting and flashing lights.


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    Photography Credit: Bronwen Sharp