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Sunday, February 8, 2015


(TQ Zondi & Mpilo Nzimande)

The Island by Athol Fugard, John Kani and Winston Ntshona will be staged at the Hexagon Theatre in Pietermaritzburg.

Directed by Peter Mitchell the production stars Mpilo Nzimande (Horn of Sorrow, Cinderfella) and TQ Zondi (Tshepang, Woza Albert!)

“But just remember this, brother, nobody laughs forever! There’ll come a time when they’ll stop laughing, and that will be the time when our Antigone hits them with her words.”

John and Winston are two prisoners on Robben Island, bound by ideology, proximity, shackles and a deep affection. As they rehearse for a performance of Sophocles’ Antigone at the prison concert, John learns that his release is imminent; Winston is a lifer.

This classic South African play balances hope and despair as it identifies with Antigone’s struggle of right and wrong, the law of State versus the law of the heart. It exposes the depths of cruelty and inhumanity while affirming the dignity and courage of the human spirit.

The Island runs from February 17 to 21 at 28h00 at the Hexagon Theatre, on the Pietermaritzburg campus of the University of KwaZulu-Natal. Tickets R70 (R50 students and seniors). Bookings at Computicket  (School block bookings through the theatre on 033 260 5537)