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Nothing But The Truth

by Simon Hester
Issue No. 2040

The legendary South African actor and playwright John Kani is touring Britain with a new “post-apartheid” play Nothing But The Truth.

Kani created the classic anti-apartheid plays The Island and Sizwe Bansi Is Dead, which is on at the National Theatre in London from 19 March.

Now he has written and stars in a study of Sipho Makhaya, a mild black librarian who survived the apartheid years by keeping the family together – unlike his activist brother.

Sipho desperately hoped for change when the ANC took power, but now feels betrayed both politically and personally.

The play deals with South Africa’s “truth and reconciliation” process from a very personal perspective. It is sometimes uncomfortable and schematic, but it asks all the right questions.

It is touring venues in Newcastle, Leeds, Salford, Birmingham, Leicester, Nottingham and Cambridge. Do see this giant of South African theatre if you can.

Nothing But The Truth

by John Kani
touring nationally until 16 June
www.ukarts.com


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Sat 3 Mar 2007, 00:00 GMT
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