The Island

by Athol Fugard, John Kani & Winston Ntshona

 An Elysium Theatre Company & Queen’s Hall Arts Centre, Hexham production


by Athol Fugard, John Kani and Winston Ntshona


50 years after its premiere in South Africa under the Apartheid regime, Elysium TC toured #TheIsland across the North.  Set in a prison cell on Robben Island, the notorious prison where Nelson Mandela was held for years, it tells the story of two inmates, John and Winston, who are serving sentences for political crimes against the Apartheid state. They are rehearsing a two man production of #Antigone as part of an evenings entertainment for their fellow prisoners. Then one day John learns that he is to be released, throwing them both into crisis. 

A brilliant play about political resistance, racial oppression and the human spirit, #TheIsland toured to:

Queen’s Hall Arts Centre Hexham, the Princess Alexandra Auditorium in Yarm, Whittingham Memorial Institute, Bardon Mill & Hensham Village Hall, Amble Parish Hall, The Witham in Barnard Castle, Washington Arts Centre, the Exchange, Hull Truck,  the Alnwick Playhouse, the Darlington Hippodrome, the Maltings Berwick, Durham School,  the Georgian Theatre Royal in Richmond and the The Lowry Manchester


Supported by Durham University and Show Racism The Red Card.


John Ewen Cummins

Winston – Daniel Poyser

Voice of Hodoshe Paul Herzberg

Director Jake Murray

Producer Hannah Ellis Ryan

Set Caitlin Mills and Lee Ward

Costume Anna Hayward

Lighting Mark Turner

Sound Chris Neville-Smith

Music Tayo Akinbode

Movement Jennifer Essex

Production Manager Mark Turner

Stage Manager – Rosie Johnson 

Assistant Stage Manager – Paul Barnes

Assistant Directors – Katie Procter and Shehrzadae Moeed.

PR by Rusby Media


With thanks to:

Anna Hayward & Alice Aucott at the Assembly Rooms Theatre and Rory Stuart at the Gala Theatre, Durham

Supported by Arts Council of England 

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