Thursday, 18 August 2016
The ‘Ethical Leadership Workshop' is based on a copy of The Complete Works of William Shakespeare on Robben Island in the 1970's commonly referred to as 'The Robben Island Bible'. This workshop explores the theme of ethical leadership with young people through the works of William Shakespeare as well as verbatim interviews with some of the former political prisoners on Robben Island.
The aim of the workshop is to benefit the students through being inspired to be better ethical leaders through the words of Shakespeare & the former political prisoners and to create a pathway to future ethical leadership. The students examine what lessons can be learned and applied by today’s and tomorrow’s leaders.
For more information about the workshop, please see:
Wednesday, 4 May 2016
Sunday, 24 April 2016
What an honour to have Eddie Daniels and, the man of the day, Sonny Venkatrathnam, on Robben Island for a performance of the play, The Robben Island Shakespeare.
Saturday, 23 April 2016
Before Surinarayan (or, Sonny) Venkatrathnam was released from Robben Island in 1977 he asked around 30 fellow inmates to sign the book he called his Bible. In fact, the text was the Collected Works of William Shakespeare, which Venkatrathnam concealed as a holy book. Once the tome had been passed around, it was annotated with signatures for political heavyweights like Walter Sisulu, Nelson Mandela and Ahmed Kathrada. Each fellow had signed their name and the date alongside a favourite extract of the Bard's writing.
For the 400 year anniversary of Shakespeare's death (said to be on 23 April 1616) Venkatrathnam treturned to Robben Island with the book. He and fellow inmate Eddie Daniels participated in a special programme recognizing the Bard's work and the special connection between Shakespeare and the lives on inmates at Robben Island prison.
Friday, 22 April 2016
Ian McKellen discusses the Robben Island Bible during his 'Shakespeare on Stage, Screen and Elsewhere with Ian McKellen'
Acting legend Ian McKellen discusses the Robben Island Bible [around minute 28] during a long ranging interview about his impressive range of Shakespearean performances.
Since playing Malvolio in Twelfth Night at 12 years old, Ian McKellen has acted in more than half of Shakespeare’s canon on stages worldwide and screens large and small.
For the Royal Shakespeare Company he was Toby Belch, Macbeth, Leontes, Romeo, King Lear and Iago; for the National Theatre he was Coriolanus, Richard III, Kent in King Lear and Claudio in Much Ado About Nothing; and on TV he starred as Richard II, Hamlet, Macbeth, Iago and most recently King Lear himself.
Acting Shakespeare, McKellen’s award-winning solo show, has been seen on stages throughout the world. Here he shares his unique insights into the problems and joys of interpreting Shakespeare for the theatre, television, radio and cinema.
[Shakespeare Lives @ www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p03rkm2f]
Friday, 11 March 2016
Bloomsbury Methuen to publish The Robben Island Shakespeare (formerly known as The Robben Island Bible).
It has just been confirmed that my play, The Robben Island Shakespeare, is to be published by Bloomsbury Methuen in March 2017. Book launch details will follow in due course.