Be transported to Robben Island in Bristol show

PUBLISHED: 12:00 12 May 2017

The Island. Picture: Lorado

The Island. Picture: Lorado


A South African political drama takes the audience to the island where Nelson Mandela was once imprisoned.

The Island was illegally written but had an astonishing impact on the lives of many.

The powerful drama of defiance and determination is set on Robben Island, where political leader and revolutionary Nelson Mandela was imprisoned for 27 years.

The tale follows the true story of two inmates performing Antigone, the great classical play of political protest.

John and Winston prepare for the performance with the limited contents of their cell and begin debating the merits of the show and its message about protests.

But, tensions begin to rise as one of them has a chance of an early release.

The play – written by Athol Fugard, John Kani and Winston Ntshoma – was produced in 1973 under a different title as, for many years, it was forbidden to mention the infamous island.

However the show went from strength to strength and has been performed at London’s Royal Court and on Broadway.

It promises to have audiences on the edge of their seats with its gut-wrenching emotional tale.

The Island will be at Tobacco Factory Theatres, in Raleigh Road, at 8pm on May 23-27.

There will also be matinee performances at 2pm on May 25 and May 27.

Tickets, priced £10-14, are available from 01179 020344 or online via

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