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The Cell: After-show discussion

Writer Michael Crowley is writer-in-residence at a Young Offenders Institution and is also the author of Behind the Lines: creative writing with offenders and those at risk.

Michael says: "Once the play was cast I arranged to bring the actors and director into the prison to spend two afternoons running the play, learning from prisoners who had developed the script with me. We made more amendments where it was needed, largely in the realm of expression but also one or two crucial improvements in stage directions. Of particular help was a prison officer, highly experienced in hostage negotiations. The play is fiction but everything that happens in the fifty minutes of drama, has unfortunately happened or could happen.

"In September The Cell goes to The Unity Theatre in Liverpool and possibly elsewhere. The prison has also requested a film of the play so it can be used in the establishment to discuss issues it raises, which for me will be the best of outcomes."

There will be an after-show discussion on the issues raised in The Cell with the writer, prison staff and ex-prisoners on Sunday 22 July at 2pm in the Three Minute Theatre, Afflecks Arcade. Free!