‘The Island’ coming to freedom theater
Published: Friday, September 6, 2013
Updated: Friday, September 6, 2013 01:09
“The Island,” a play performed by only a two-person cast, is coming to the Nafe Katter Theater this Friday and Saturday.
The plot was inspired by real events and follows the story of two prison mates who share a cell. One prisoner is serving a life sentence but the other is due to be released soon.
The original script was written to focus on the injustices that many prisoners from the South African apartheid era faced and their experiences. The Freedom Theater’s production of the play will additionally seek to explore the experiences of prisoners from the Palestinian political conflict. According to the Freedom Theater, some of the similarities between the Palestine and South Africa prison experience include “the separation, the denial of basic human and political rights, the discrimination and the oppression that is evident in countless aspects of daily life.”
The prisoners highlighted in “The Island” are forced to endure extenuating labor during the day, but seek refuge in working on a performance of Sophocles’ play “Antigone” at night. Aptly, Antigone tells the story of a woman who follows her own belief system but is convicted by the state because what she chose to do was against the law.
Shows on Friday and Saturday are at 7 p.m. The Freedom Theater is also presenting this play in Sweden and Brazil this year.