Don’t miss an exclusive performance of “The Island” starring Atandwa Kani (son of John Kani) and Nata Ramabulana, directed by legendary actor John Kani, at the Barney Simon Theatre, The Market Theatre on Thursday 21st February 2012.

A play within a play, The Island was first performed in 1973, written by Athol Fugard, Winston Ntshona and Kani himself, and some say this piece helped persuade the USA to impose sanctions on apartheid South Africa.

Hosted by Kairos School of Inquiry, tickets cost R140 each. Act fast as we are restricted to only 114 seats.  Proceeds will go towards a video camera and playground equipment for our rapidly expanding school.

To secure your ticket, please contact Karen Brooks on karenvbrooks[at] Or on 083 259-6324 (AFTER HOURS ONLY)

Here is the full blurb:

The Market Theatre, in association with JK Productions, presents THE ISLAND

The Island poster thumbWritten by
Athol Fugard, John Kani, Winston Ntshona
Directed by John Kani
Starring Atandwa Kani and Nat Ramabulana
A Classical remake with a youthful twist!

The world has changed significantly since this play was first performed in 1973, when it was illegal for three playwrights to meet, let alone collaborate on a rebellious piece of literature. But through the creation of this brilliant two-hander, Athol Fugard, John Kani and Winston Ntshona brought to life a tale that took the world by storm and helped to persuade America to impose sanctions in South Africa.

The Island tells the story of two prisoners on Robben Island, John and Winston, who are rehearsing a performance of Sophocles’ Antigone. When John learns his sentence is being reduced, the men’s friendship is tested. The play explores the parallels between Antigone’s fight against political and patriarchal boundaries and the imprisoned men’s fight for dignity. The Island stands as a testament to the resiliency of the human heart, spirit and beliefs.

This time around, the play will be performed by a new generation of brilliant actors: Atandwa Kani, who was last seen at the Market in The Miser, will play John; and Nat Ramabulana, last seen in The Girl in the Yellow Dress, will play Winston.  John is a dreamy idealist, desperate to make a success of their two-man production of Antigone and John is a more reluctant performer, who has an eye on his impending freedom.

Recent reruns of classic South African plays at the Market – including Siswe Banzi is Dead and Woza Albert! – have proved that there is a huge audience for these plays – especially as interpreted by the new generation of theatre practitioners. The Island is just as resonant in today’s South Africa as it was when it first appeared – as we are still doing battle in our contemporary democracy for freedom of expression, and how that might be at odds with the dignity of the State.

See you at the Market!

The Market parking is safe, secure and free. Our facility is also well lit, with security personnel around the clock.
Production Information

To secure your ticket, please contact Karen Brooks on karenvbrooks[at] Or on 083 259-6324 (AFTER HOURS ONLY)

Venue: The Barney Simon Theatre

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