o we ever learn from those who came before us?
Local promoters and charities pull together to present Fio’s “The Island” as it starts its tour during Black History Month and in conjunction with Nelson Mandela’s Centenary year.
As part of the Noson Allan - Night Out Project, you will be transported to the cells of the notorious prison on Robben Island, South Africa (Where Mandela himself was incarcerated). Newport locals will be hosting the opening night of the Tony Award-winning Best Play by John Kani, Winston Ntshona and Athol Fugard, as it begins its journey around South Wales. Through the tales of Winston and John “The Island’ tells us the story of brotherhood, racial segregation and the injustice of South African laws, whilst exploring the struggle between the individual and the state.
Promoting ideas and asking you to question “How much pain does a state need to inflict before you fight it?” This provocative play is a must see for all. When are we too old to care? Too young to make a difference? Too naive to not see, that this is still very much present in the now? Fio wish to present this production and engage people in conversations around political imprisonment and civil rights today.
The Cardiff based theatre company celebrates individuality, tearing down stereotypes and offering everybody – whatever their story – a chance to make their mark in the world. In this instance, an act of defiance from people who have lost everything!
Taking place at Pill Mill on 23rd October, doors open at 6.30pm show starts at 7:30 pm. The evening will be fundraising for local charities SEWREC and Newport City Radio. Charities who are driven to challenge discrimination, promote equality of opportunity and promote good relations between people from all backgrounds in Wales.
Keen to open this up to a wider audience, tickets have been priced at a very reasonable £5 and includes food on the night. *Listen out on Newport City Radio to be able to win a set of tickets to the show.
There are limited seats so we recommend buying early to avoid disappointment.
Tickets can be bought from SEWREC and Newport City Radio at:
137 Commercial Street,
There will be a number of stalls and some activities prior to the performance.
Doors will open at 6:30 pm and you are invited to stay for a Q&A, food and discussions afterwards.*Audience recommendation is aged 12 and above.
This event is kindly supported by the Night Out Project/Noson Allan, Arts Council of Wales and Creu Cymru. Supported in Newport by Fusion and Resilient Communities.
Links and information:
Facebook event information - https://www.facebook.com/events/163831421206811/
Noson Allan - Nights Out: http://nightout.org.uk/home.aspx