Event Date and time: Wednesday 31st May – Saturday 24th June – 2017
Venue details: Southwark Playhouse | 77-85 Newington Causeway | London SE1 6BD
Organisers: Southwark Playhouse
Event website: The Island
Event cost: £20 | £16 concessions | £12 preview performances
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.
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.