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Sus (1979) by British playwright Barrie Keeffe. Election night 1979: the sus laws made it legal for police to stop and search anyone - purely on suspicion. Two detectives on the graveyard shift in an East London police station place bets on which party will win. A black man is picked up, accused of his wife's murder. He is incensed, believing that he'll be fodder for an incoming government keen to flex its law-and-order muscles. A powerful, politicised cry against the still-current threat of institutional racism.

Produced by the University of the Witwatersrand for the National Arts Festival Student Drama, 1984. Directed by Kevin Yates, featuring Kenneth Sparrow, Daniel Robbertse, Jeremiah Mofokeng.


National Arts Festival programme, 1984.

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