Back in 1994, South Africans went to the polls to vote for their first democratically elected president Nelson Mandela. After many years of apartheid rule, there was renewed hope among the people, especially those who had previously suffered. Sibs Shongwe-La Mer’s "Necktie Youth" takes place in this new post-apartheid era, focusing on a group of privileged youth who benefited from the new paradigm. But far from the enthusiastic cries of “Amandla!” heard throughout the years of struggle, this contemporary piece presents a more dismal outlook, framed by a pair of suicides which seem to reflect a pervading feeling of discontent.
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