Behind Bars

On Thursday 24th November 2016 at 8pm, BOLDtext Playwrights are stirring things up again at The Door, Birmingham Rep with Behind Bars, three brand new short plays about Prison Reform from Liz John, Nicola Jones and Tim Stimpson, writer of Helen’s trial in The Archers.  The director is the BBC’s Jessica Dromgoole.

Does prison work?  Or is it a revolving door?

We lock up more offenders than any other Western European country, yet UK re-offending rates remain sky high – 60% in Birmingham for those serving sentences under 12 months.  And with under-staffing, over-crowding, spiralling rates of assault, self-harm and suicide, substance misuse and mental illness – what can our prison system realistically achieve?  What are the alternatives?

The plays will be followed by a debate:  Does Prison Work?  with panellists from both sides of the justice system.

Tickets are free but should be booked in advance at Birmingham Rep, then Pay-What-You-Can on the night.  Or you can book at 0121 236 4455.  Come and join the discussion – and have your say!

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