Sizwe Banzi is Dead by Athol Fugard, John Kani and Winston Ntshona, visits the Lyttelton Theatre from the Baxter Theatre Centre, South Africa.
More than 30 years on from the first performance and subsequent tour of South Africa, the UK and USA, this watershed play - created at a time when collaboration between black and white theatre practitioners was the exception rather than the rule - comes to the NT for a limited run.
John Kani and Winston Ntshona recreate the roles they originated for the 1972 production, when they worked with playwright Athol Fugard to create this gripping drama. They were last seen at the NT in 2000 in The Island (which they also co-wrote with Athol Fugard).
Sizwe Banzi is Dead brings an irresistible comic energy to its examination of friendship, hope and the nature of identity, as one man struggles to survive under apartheid.