FIRST written in apartheid South Africa in the 1970s, this play still bears plenty of relevance today, long after Nelson Mandela gained his freedom and ended the country's hated regime.

Based on a true story, the production focuses on two political prisoners who have been incarcerated on the notorious Robben Island prison.

The two prepare to perform Sophocles's Antigone for other prison inmates and staff, just as Nelson Mandela did during his 27-year imprisonment on Robben Island.

Antigone is a fellow freedom fighter who deliberately defies an unjust law and decides to bury her brother who has been condemned as a traitor.

In performing the Greek tragedy, the two highlight the injustice of the apartheid system and also provide a reminder of the continuing worldwide struggle for freedom.

Mpho Molepo as Winston and Thami Mngqolo as John were both superb in transporting the audience to harsh prison conditions which dehumanise them both.

John's impending release from prison brings issues to a head and Winston comes into his own as he expresses his heart-felt longing for his own freedom.

Well done Malvern for staging such a thought-provoking play. AG