The Island, written by famed South African playwrights Athol Fugard, John Kani, and Winston Ntshona and inspired by a true story, takes place in a South African prison and revolves around a cellmate who is soon to be released, and another who is serving a life sentence. The two spend their days in mind-numbing physical labor while at night rehearsing for a performance of Sophocles’ “Antigone.” Is Antigone guilty of defying the laws of the state to bury her brother? Who decides? Under which law?
The Freedom Theatre’s adaptation of the original play, reflects the experiences of Palestinian political prisoners and the abuses within the Israeli prison system. The play also highlights the parallels between apartheid South Africa and Palestine today; the separation, the denial of basic human and political rights, the discrimination and oppression that is evident in countless aspects of daily life.
Meet the Freedom Theatre’s young staff and actors at the Institute for Policy Studies for this brown-bag presentation the afternoon before the opening evening performance. They will discuss their vision of the Theatre, the role of theatre and culture in the Palestinian struggle for freedom, and more. Questions, discussion and inspiration will be on the agenda!