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South Africa comes to south Wales with The Island

An award-winning play will be performed at Cardiff’s Oasis Centre for refugees and asylum seekers in a few days’ time. This is thanks to Night Out, an Arts Council of Wales programme that helps communities stage high quality arts productions. 02 Nov 2018

South Africa comes to south Wales with The Island

The Island is a Tony Award winning play by John Kani, Winston Ntshona and Athol Fugard that transports its audiences to the notorious prison on Robben Island, South Africa – the place where Nelson Mandela himself was jailed for battling against apartheid.


The Island tells the story of brotherhood, racial segregation and the injustice of South Africa’s Apartheid laws and explores the struggle between the individual and the state. It does so through the tales of Winston and John and asks how much pain does a state need to inflict before you fight it?


Fio, who is putting on the show, is a Cardiff based theatre company that celebrates individuality, tears down stereotypes and offers everybody a chance to make their mark in the world. The Arts Council of Wales’ Night Out Community Touring Scheme has funded two projects and performances on this tour, enabling this celebrated play to perform to audiences that wouldn’t usually get involved with the arts.


Commenting today, Manager of the Arts Council of Wales Night Out scheme, Peter Gregory said:
"Night Out is delighted to be supporting venues and promoters for this tour of The Island. The play has already visited Newport, Llandrindod, Llanelli and Chapter Arts Centre in Cardiff. It now visits the Lowry in Manchester on 31 October before visiting Blackwood Miners Institute on 3 November. The tour’s final performance will be at the Oasis Centre, Cardiff on 9 November."


The event at the Oasis Centre, Cardiff on Friday 9 November has been facilitated by a Night Out Promoter Project with additional funding from Fusion Cardiff. Oasis helps refugees and asylum seekers to become part of the local community. The centre’s clients have helped organise the performance. The Oasis Choir and Drummers will be performing, and traditional food from around the world will be on offer at the Oasis kitchen.


Peter Gregory continued, saying:


"The Arts Council of Wales Night Out scheme provides security that the promoters of the event won’t be out of pocket, even if the numbers attending don’t provide enough income to cover the cost of staging the event. It ensures quality entertainment is available at reasonable cost, and contributes hugely to community life all across Wales."

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