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Survival is a workshopped play by Theatre Workshop ’71. A strong Black Consciousness play workshopped by the four actors playing four political prisoners who re-enact their politicization and relate what had brought them to this place.

The original text

Published in Robert Kavanagh (ed): South African People’s Plays by Heinemann in 1981.

Performance history

1976: First commissioned by and performed in The Outer Space (Cape Town) in May 1976, directed and facilitated by Mshengu with Fana Kekana, Dan Selaelo Maredi, Themba Ntinga and Seth Sibanda. Design by Bee Berman and stage management by Siphiwe Khumalo (credited as Steve Khumalo). The play then went on tour to the USA and elsewhere.

1990: In 1990 Jerry Mofokeng and the original cast revived the play in New York.

1999: Siphiwe Khumalo was responsible for the restaging of the play as part of the Arts Alive Festival in Alexandra and at the Civic Theatre, Johannesburg in 1999.


Astbury 1979.

Robert Colman in Mail and Guardian, 17-22 September 1999.

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