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The Island

Wed 31 October

The Island

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Fio present

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

 

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…

How much pain does a state need to inflict before you fight it?
2018 marks Nelson Mandela’s centenary year and Fio, working in partnership with Young Identity will be celebrating this political icon. Young Identity will be presenting a brand-new, poetic curtain-raiser responding to the themes of the play.

This performance will have integrated audio description and captioned.

This performance is supported by Arts Council England