You Fool, How Can the Sky Fall?

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by Zakes Mda (1995). Published in Fools, Bells & the Habit of Eating by Wits University Press.


First staged a year after the first democratic elections in South Africa, this play deals head-on with the political challenges that face a new democracy. It takes a look at corruption in government, pretentious, self-important cabinet ministers and a democracy that degenerates into dictatorship in a fictitious African country. Described as “a cutting political satire on the antics of a post-revolutionary government that is intentionally close to home … full of sly reference to the new elite and their round table manners.” (Sunday Times, 5 February 1995)

Performance history in South Africa

Premièred at the Windybrow Theatre in February 1995, directed by Peter Se-Puma, with Anton Dekker, Gamakhulu Diniso, Ernest Ndlovu, Theresa Iglich, Themba Ndaba and Darrell Rosen. The same production was staged at the Grahamstown Festival in 1995.

Translations and adaptations


See: [Van Heerden (2008)][1]. p 194.

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