Senzenina – What Have We Done?

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'Senzenina – What Have We Done? is a play by Peter Braaf and the cast from the Cape Flats Players. A workshopped play on racial discrimination and oppression during the Apartheid regime. Contains a strong element of Black resistance and police brutality against the oppressed. It is a satirical presentation with songs, music and sketches. Based on the writings and sermons of Dr Alan Boesak.

The original text

Translations and adaptations

Performance history in South Africa

Set to play in Schotsekloof in the Bo-Kaap to the UDF supporters in 1985, it was banned and the police refused to give them entry to the allocated venue on the night of performance. Eventually performed by the Cape Flats Players in the Baxter Studio from 16 April to 3 May 1986, directed by Peter Braaf, artistic director Chris Weare. It was often performed thereafter.


See Smith, 1990; January, 1997.

Barrow, Brian & Williams-Short, Yvonne (eds.). 1988. Theatre Alive! The Baxter Story 1977-1987.

Senzinina theatre programme, 1986.

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