Powerful Emotions Released In Prison Drama

May 04, 2017 - 9:00am

Powerful Emotions Released In Prison Drama

A captivating and moving drama exploring friendship between two prisoners during the most testing of times, is revived at The Dukes in Lancaster this Spring.

The Island, set on Robben Island where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned for 27 years, will pack an emotional punch when it is performed in The Round from April 27-May 6.

The play presents a striking and insightful account of apartheid era South Africa while also being relevant in today’s world where protest and dissent is still crushed in many places.

The Dukes and Chipping Norton Theatre have joined forces once again to stage a revival of this genuine piece of theatrical history that has won many awards and moved audiences worldwide.

The Island was first produced in 1973 under a different title as, for many years, it was forbidden to even mention Robben Island, such was the reputation of its prison.

Appearing in this new co-production are Mark Springer who played Albany in last year’s sell out, critically acclaimed Royal Exchange/Talawa production of King Lear and has performed extensively at the RSC and The National. He will be joined by Edward Dede who recently appeared as Matthew in Design for Living at The Old Vic as well as in productions for Paines Plough, Trafalgar Studios and Keswick’s Theatre by the Lake.

Director John Terry said: “The Island is a testament to the indefatigable and uncrushable nature of the human spirit.”

The Island, which is suitable for ages 12 plus, is supported by Arts Council England and following its Dukes run will tour to Chipping Norton Theatre, Bristol’s Tobacco Factory and Southwark Playhouse in London.