Fio Presents The Island by Athol Fugard, John Kani and Winston Ntshona

 

Kindly supported by Arts Council Wales and Creu Cymru

The Island is a politically visceral piece of theatre based on a true story.

Set in the same prison where Nelson Mandela was held, this universal story attacks our ability to passively accept immoral laws.

 

How much pain does a state need to inflict before you fight it?

2018 marks Nelson Mandela’s centenary year and Fio want to celebrate an influential historical icon and ask the question, Do we ever learn from those who came before?

Two men, political prisoners and unlikely friends, stagger through days of pointless, back-breaking labour, coping with vicious beatings from the guards and spending their nights remembering a life outside their current misery. They prepare for a performance of Antigone in front of the other inmates and guards – an act of defiance from people who have lost everything…

This soaring, award-winning drama draws on the stories that linger from the notorious prison on Robben Island where Nelson Mandela was incarcerated.

Performance dates

Powys Dance 20th October 2018, dawnspowysdance.org

Ffwrnes 14th October 2018, www.theatrausirgar.co.uk

Chapter Arts Centre 27th to 29th October 2018, www.chapter.org

Blackwood 3rd November 2018, your.caerphilly.gov.uk

For a link to each website to buy tickets you can also visit www.wearefio.co.uk/tickets

All performances will have integrated audio description and captioning.