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7 November - 30 November 2013

The Island

★★★★
The Guardian

★★★★
The Times

★★★★
Time Out 

John and Winston are cellmates.

One may soon be released; one serves a life sentence, but for now they are both prisoners. As they prepare to perform Antigone for the rest of the prison, the two friends begin to see themselves in the characters, exposing the tensions in their friendship and the oppression around them.

Created by Athol Fugard, John Kani and Winston Ntshona during the apartheid era, The Island is inspired by true stories from South Africa’s notorious Robben Island, the prison Nelson Mandela was held in for 27 years.

Directed by Alex Brown, the winner of the JMK Award 2013. 

Direction Alex Brown winner of the JMK Award 2013
Producer Claire Turner
Design Holly Pigott
Light Richard Howell
Sound George Dennis 
Movement Direction Diane Alison-Mitchell 
Casting Director Lotte Hines 

With
Jimmy Akingbola
Daniel Poyser 

Jimmy Akingbola talks to Matt Trueman about tackling Fugard’s classic play in its 40th anniversary year.

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