The review of the first show went into January’s edition of Inside Time. It was a bit disappointing. We were expecting a much larger piece; which had been intimated. It formed part of a review of 2017 ‘highs and lows’ of art and education in prisons…yes. It was a ‘high’.
It may be the case that, as the prison had refused to send the journalist any of the performance photographs that the original article ended up severely edited and slotted into this 2017 review.
Nevertheless, it was full of praise:
“…It was utterly professional, dramatic, moving and very well sung and acted… I left to catch a train exhilarated by being one of the audience in quite such an outstanding production.”
Unfortunately, it isn’t made clear that the rock opera had been written by a prisoner, played by prisoners, performed by prisoners, with sets and costumes made by prisoners, that the string arrangements had been written by a prisoner; that it had been funded by the Arts Council, and that the performance was augmented by a string quartet (Project Instrumental).
I think a letter is in order. Hopefully, they’ll publish it and the hard work of all the team will get recognised.
Be happy, be safe.
Graham Coutts, 14th January 2018