Where and when: King’s Head Theatre, 3rd-14th May 2022 21:00 (not 8th & 9th), 15:00 matinees on 7th & 14th
What it’s all about… “Don’t you think it’s pretty f***** that a lot of stuff we do in the prison, like if we were to do that in the street we’d get arrested straight off”
CELL OUTS is a dark comedy written and performed by two ex-prison officers, Harriet & Ella. It follows the true experiences of two young women, as they stare down the injustices of the UK prison system, and attempt to unpick the dangerous effects of power and privilege. CELL OUTS is ‘an unflinching look into the pair’s anger and trauma’ (Medium, 5 stars), it uses song, silliness and ‘hilariously biting criticisms’ to explore the brutality of what Prison Officers face, prisoners endure, and the sacrifices we make to survive. (★★★★★ -Medium, ★★★★ – The Reviews Hub, ★★★★ – LondonTheatre1)
GLASSHOUSE THEATRE was founded by Ella and Harriet whilst working as full-time prison officers and studying rehabilitation theory. They’ve also been bringing theatre into prisons, running workshops for prisoners and people with experience of the criminal justice system. They’ve transformed their experiences as frontline officers into art that challenges audiences, re-imagines the criminal justice system and interrogates society’s perceptions on privilege, authority and power.
Supported by Arts Council England & Camden People’s Theatre.
Suitable for 18+. Contains references to suicide, PTSD, violence, serious self-harm, drug addiction, overdose. Contains depictions of racism, Islamophobia, sexual assault, sexism and the experience of incarceration. Performances include the use of flashing lights & loud noises. All performances are captioned thanks to Digital 4.
You’ll like it if… you like sharp writing, silly songs, dark humour, biting realism, and rhinestoned prison officer uniforms! I mean who doesn’t?
You should see it because… the show is written and performed by ex-prison officers Ella and Harriet and draws upon on their direct experience and features verbatim audio interviews with those they worked alongside in prison.
Anything else we should know…: it’s got a banging original soundtrack!
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