State Fracture

The sequel to Pay Back the Curry, this multi-sketch satirical revue featuring the same creative team premiered in July 2017 at the National Arts Festival where it won Daniel Mpilo Richards the Standard Bank Ovation Award for Outstanding Performance and earned a Standard Bank Silver Ovation Award.


After the success of Pay Back the Curry, it was a no-brainer to do a sequel.  State Fracture had the same creative team and process (development performances with audiences completing questionnaires).  Siv Ngesi produced this show too.

It, too, had its first development show at the Franschhoek Literary Festival and then premiered at the National Arts Festival.

Daniel performed both Pay Back the Curry and State Fracture each day of the Festival.

First Production

National Arts Festival, Grahamstown


Rob van Vuuren


Daniel Mpilo Richards


National Arts Festival, 29 June-9 July 2017

Auto and General Theatre on the Square, 18-29 July 2017

Baxter Theatre, 1-19 August 2017

Kalk Bay Theatre, 6-28 October 2017

What the Critics Said

“(This) sequel to Pay Back the Curry…is a hard-hitting and incredibly well-performed satirical comedy, sparing nobody from Zupta to Zille.  You’ll be glued to the edge of your seat.  There’s so much talent here – superb acting and a phenomenal script make it fully deserving of its standing ovation.”

  • Cue Online, National Arts Festival, 1 July 2017


Winner: Daniel Mpilo Richards, Standard Bank Ovation Award for Outstanding Performance, National Arts Festival, 2017

Winner: Standard Bank Silver Ovation Award, National Arts Festival, 2017

Availability of script and audio-visual material

The script is available on this site and will be available as part of a publication that includes Pay Back the Curry and Land Acts.

There is no audio-visual material.