Sizwe Banzi is Dead

The UK tour of the Eclipse Theatre Company’s Sizewe Banzi is Dead hits Sheffield’s Crucible Studio Theatre from 20th -24th May.


Set in 1972 in Port Elizabeth, the performance exposes the struggle for freedom and identity in apartheid-era South Africa. Sizwe Banzi is Dead is a resilient play that has already achieved massive acclaim on the first leg of the tour from the direction of the Young Vic’s Genesis Future Directors Award winner, Matthew Xia.



The story is of Sizwe Banzi, whose passbook gives him just three days to find work. No work and he’ll be deported. That was four days ago. 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?


One of the reasons the play has resonated since its first production in 1972 is that it still holds so many truths for a contemporary UK audience. Director Matthew Xia, said  “Athol Fugard and his collaborators have created a brutally honest portrayal of the everyday struggle faced by millions of South Africans under the apartheid regime. Despite the collapse of apartheid in the early 90’s the wider themes of immigration, identity and survival resonate all too loudly today.”


Where moments of anger and injustice are interspersed with warmth and laughter, Sizwe Banzi is Dead is a must-see for all.


Tickets on sale now at or by calling 0114 249 6000. £12-15 (Concessions available).


Main photo: Alastair Muir

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