A couple of weeks ago I was extremely fortunate to be recommended by David Slack, the 24/7 Manchester Theatre Festival giant and the great writer Cathy Crabb to get involved in a play called THE CELL by Michael Crowley. This play was written by Michael with the co-operation of prisoners, and my god, is this one extraordinarily powerful play.
It's more than a play, it's a damning indictment of a prison system where the prisoners run the show, where officers are so disillusioned by this 'system' that they become part of the mechanics that abandons the weak to their fates. Oh I'm sure there will be people out there that will be saying '...all the prisons aren't like that!' But the scary truth is - many are. The death sentence is alive and kicking in many of these institutions. This is not a drama, it's a horror story.
I'm giving this everything I've got (not that I don't normally do that) but this has lit a fire inside. It's on for one night; I implore you to come along, bring people with you, bring reviewers and TELL people about it - this isn't really about getting an audience (although that is undeniably a bonus) this is about more than that. It's about getting the message out there, it's about protecting young offenders and indeed staff within these institutions that are even now, as I write this, lost and in complete despair.
Simply put - it's about saving lives.
You can book your tickets at the link below:
Hope you can make it...