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Sophocles in South Africa: Athol Fugard's The Island


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Two Bentu prisoners in their cell on Robben Island recall with nostalgia a memorable performance of Sophocles' Antigone in a black township near Port Elizabeth, one of South Africa's industrial seaports on the Indian Ocean:

John. ...Jesus, Winston! June 1965.

Winston. What?

John. This, man. Antigone. In New Brighton. St. Stephen's Hall. The place was packed, man! All the big people. Front row...dignitaries. Shit, those were the days.1

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