Prison is a hard education where everything has a price.
HELD is a hard-hitting new play exploring the broken lives of five inmates and the locked chains that bind them.
When young offender Jamie is thrown into the harsh reality of an adult prison, he soon falls prey to the rules and control of the older hardened prisoners, in a world where nothing is free, as passions heighten within their confined surroundings.
Fynn is desperate for a way out, not only from prison but struggling to breathe against the strangling ties which threaten to destroy him. He has to choose, but at what cost to himself and others? As Fynn and Jamie’s lives are brought together, through the demands of drug baron Ryde, the need to escape brings a deeper more dangerous meaning. What happens when your saviour becomes your destroyer?
HELD is written by Tina Jay, directed by Richard Elson and stars Jack Brett Anderson, Duran Fulton Brown and Anthony Taylor. I predict there will be plenty to talk about here and, as someone who’s had a young family member caught up in the prison system in the US, it’s a subject I feel connected to quite personally. This production is not suitable for under 16s. It contains strong language, sexual scenes, sound of gun shot and drug use.
For the Q&A following the 2.30pm matinee on Saturday 10 June 2017, I’ll be joined by the writer, director and cast.