The Theatre Chipping Norton and Dukes Lancaster Present
by Athol Fugard, John Kani and Winston Ntshona
Two men, unlikely friends, stagger through days of crippling prison work, breaking free in nights of playful escapism and ecstatic, dreamlike joy. With just scraps from their cell, they prepare for a performance of Antigone in front of the prisoners and guards – an act of defiance from people who have lost everything they have to lose.
With gut-wrenching emotion, soaring beauty and exquisite simplicity, this great drama of defiance and determination draws on the stories that linger from Robben Island where Nelson Mandela was held prisoner.
The Island will be performed in an intimate, in-the-round setting.
“The rough majesty of a classic…it has the force of a wave crashing down on us all.” The Guardian
“Ignites our compassion and terror… Touching, moving and beautiful” The New York Times
“The play speaks to any place, any culture, where liberties are at risk” Variety
Kwisiqithi: a photography exhibition
Photographer Petré Smith spent childhood holidays on Robben Island, gaining a unique insight owing to his father’s employment in the prison service. This exhibition of original pictures of Robben Island in its current state was the result of a recent trip with his own son and will be in the café bar for the duration of the run.
Diane Alison Mitchell
The Island is presented by special arrangement with Samuel French Ltd