Sentencing for the Future

BOLDtext Playwrights are delighted to announce the panel for their audience discussion, ‘Sentencing for the Future’, which follows their latest show, The Sentence, three brand new short plays at Birmingham REP on Monday 28 January 8pm.

Paying the Price by Liz John
A disgraced surgeon awaits sentencing, when a young solicitor arrives with unexpected news.

Offences Against the Person by Vanessa Oakes
Why do sentences sometime bemuse and enrage the public?

Working Mother by Julia Wright
Karen will soon be leaving prison. Has she learned her lesson? Sophie tries to help her but is it working?

The post-show discussion panel will be chaired by Professor Jackie Hodgson from Warwick University’s School of Law.  Jackie has organised a range of public engagement events around prisoner well-being and women in prison, and her research has focused on comparative criminal justice in the UK and Europe.

Jackie will be joined by Gregor Forde, community activist, advocate for the alienated and disadvantaged, with lived experience of the criminal justice system.  Former probation officer Tania Bassett is our third panel member – she is the Midlands link official for NAPO, the Trade Union & Professional Association for Probation and Family Court Staff. Tania works closely with the MOJ to develop training and professional standards.

The evening is a ‘pay what you can on the night’ show, so tickets are free to book HERE, or by calling The REP box office on 0121 236 4455.  Our script-in-hand new writing nights often sell out, so it’s best to reserve tickets in advance.

The Sentence is part of The REP’s ‘Open Door’ season, directed by Vicki Duckett and curated by Vanessa Oakes & Julia Wright.  The performance will be followed by the panel discussion, ‘Sentencing for the Future’ – after which we can retire to the bar to continue the conversation.

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