Ipi Tombi Protest

Ipi Tombi Protest

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by George Cohen
New York, New York, United States
January 12, 1977
Type: Photograph
Coverage in Africa: South Africa
Coverage outside Africa: United States
Language: English
A highly successful boycott of the South African musical, Ipi Tombi, organized by a coalition of solidarity groups, ended with the premature closing of the show some five weeks after it opened. About 500 demonstrators turned out in New York to protest the opening of the show, whose presentation of life in the bantustans as a happy fantasy world drew artistic as well as political pans. In the weeks following, 25 to 50 demonstrators picketed the show each performance. The coalition reported during the second week of February that only 200 to 300 people a night were entering the 1,270 seat theatre - and that many of these had been given free tickets at places including city methadone centers.
Used by permission of George Cohen.
Collection: Southern Africa Committee photo archive