Sizwe Banzi is Dead - 2014

An Eclipse Theatre Company / Young Vic co-production

Devised by Athol Fugard, John Kani & Winston Ntshona

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 Mambo and Tonderai Munyevu.


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Tour Dates

6 Feb to 8 March: Young Vic  

7 May to 10 May: Theatre Royal Plymouth   

15 to 17 May: Hull Truck Theatre 

20 to 24 May : Crucible Studio Theatre  

 27 to 31 May: The Albany, Deptford  

 5 to 7 June: Mac Birmingham  

 10 to 14 June: Liverpool Playhouse Studio  








The Man / Sizwe Banzi - Sibusiso Mamba
Styles / Buntu - Tonderai Munyevu 

Creative Team

Director - Matthew Xia
Designer - Hyemi Shin
Lighting Designer - Ciaran Cunningham
Sound Designer  - Richard Hammarton
Movement - Angela Gasparetto
Photos - Richard Hubert Smith