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    • 23 May -
      27 May 2017
      23 May - 27 May 2017

    Written by Athol Fugard, John Kani and Winston Ntshona
    Directed by John Terry
    Performed by Edward Dede and Mark Springer

    We are delighted to welcome to Bristol and the intimate, in the round setting of our Factory Theatre, a life affirming drama of immense scale and power, set on the island where Mandela was held prisoner.

    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.

    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.

    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. The photography exhibition will be on display for the duration of the production’s run, located in The Snug in the Tobacco Factory Cafe Bar.

    Kwisiqithi - Title Image - Photo Exhibition

    The Island is performed by special arrangement with Samuel French Ltd
    • RUNNING TIMEApprox. 1hr 35mins
    • TICKETSFull £14 / Concession £10
    • VENUE

    8pm / Matinee Thu & Sat 2pm

    Thu 25 May 8pm

    Please join us after the performance on Thursday for a free post show discussion.

    Business Club Members can get 2 for 1 tickets to the performance on Wed 24 May. Book early as this offer is subject to availability. To claim please quote your company promotion code over the phone or in person at the Box Office. Please bring proof of the company you work for.

    • Array

      "Truthful, searing, unadorned and uncompromising"

      The Times
    • "Sensitively performed"

      The Stage
    • "Two excellent performances of restrained power"

      British Theatre Guide
    • "Springer and Dede make a magnetic team in a play which is still highly relevant and vital"

      Northern Soul Theatre

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