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Sizwe Banzi is Dead

Sizwe Banzi is Dead

Direction Matthew Xia

Devised by Athol Fugard, John Kani & Winston Ntshona

A Young Vic / Eclipse Theatre Company co-production

"Xia’s stylishly stark, brilliantly acted production is extraordinary."
The Times

"A gripping triumph"
The Daily Telegraph

"A fine revival of a classic"

"A spiky apartheid masterpiece"
Time Out

"Terrific performances"
The Guardian

The sold-out hit returns for a limited run.

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?

Genesis Future Directors Award winner Matthew Xia directs this 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. Featuring astonishing performances from Sibusiso Mamba and Tonderai Munyevu. The show sold out months before opening last summer – don’t miss it in 2014. 

Sizwe Banzi is Dead is heading out on a UK tour from 7 May. Click here to see the dates and venues.

Direction Matthew Xia I
Design Hyemi Shin I
Light Ciaran Cunningham I
Music & Sound Richard Hammarton I
Movement Director 
Angela Gasparetto 



Sibusiso Mamba,
Tonderai Munyevu