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Rare Birds - Voices of Holloway Prison

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RARE BIRDS - VOICES OF HOLLOWAY PRISON: a theatrical showcase supported by the Arts Council of England.

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“Roll up, roll up… come see the petrifying parade of prisoners!”

RARE BIRDS creatively re-imagines the story of Holloway Prison’s first one hundred years through the voices of prisoners, staff and others connected to its history, in order to explore some of the injustices of the penal system during this period.

Set in the world of an old-time music hall, RARE BIRDS is a collection of dramatic monologues researched and written by Natalie Scott, supported by original music and songs from award-winning British musical theatre composers, and devised and directed by Simon Greiff.

An ensemble of West End actors will bring to life well-known voices such as Ruth Ellis, Sylvia Pankhurst, Albert Pierrepoint, Emily Wilding Davison and Edith Thompson, plus a host of lesser known names, to tell Holloway’s rich and gripping story in this unforgettable new theatre experience.

Come and join us for an afternoon which promises to be infamous!

Reviews of Rare Birds - Voices of Holloway Prison

"A rare bird indeed is a volume that combines a brilliant concept, a spectral choir of compelling voices, a host of forms traditional, experimental, and technically excellent, and a deep thematic coherence."

- Glyn Maxwell (poet and playwright)

"A riveting collection of voices from behind the walls of Holloway Prison. From prisoners to wardresses, doctors and hangmen, this is an essential read for everyone interested in the shocking history of women in prison."

- Caitlin Davies (author and historian)

"A powerful and emotive collection reflecting how little incarceration and the impact it has on the lives of those affected has changed through the decades. [...] T he echoes of the past are the voice of now – we must listen and act, to improve the future for those requiring rehabilitation and resettlement."

- Emma Falk (Operational Manager, Ripon House Approved Premise for the rehabilitation of offenders)

The performance will take place in the cabaret downstairs at The Soho Theatre.

Recommended audience age: 18+

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