The Island

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 .

Do we ever learn from those who came before us?

The Island by Athol Fugard, John Kani and Winston Ntshona

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.

This production is part of celebrating Black History Month in Wales. Supported by Creu Cymru and Arts Council Wales.

Chapter, Cardiff

Saturday 27th, Sunday 28th, Monday 29th October 7.30pm


All performances will feature Integrated Audio Description & captioning

+ Free Touch Tour at 6.30pm on Sun 28 + Mon 29 October. Meet in the Seligman Theatre foyer. To enquire about Touch Tours, please contact [email protected]

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Blackwood Miners Institute

Saturday 3rd November 7.30pm

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Oasis Cardiff

Friday 9 November 

18:30 – 21:00

69b Splott Road


CF24 2BW

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