Stretch has recently produced the play ‘Barred’ by playwright Dean Stalham, which was shown at The Salford Arts Centre and The Brady Arts Centre in Whitechapel, London. It will also be performed during the precursor to our Outsider Arts Festival this week in York. The festival will then be hosted in East London in October showcasing a variety of exciting artists, poets, performers all of whom create artworks of the periphery of the traditional mainstream. Barred has received brilliant feedback and we hope we can tour it around prisons and promote the transformative power of arts through its moving storyline which examines, mental health, education, family and themes pertinent to prisoners’ lives. Amina Bodhania, Head of Education at HMP Manchester said of Barred, ‘The play highlights the complexities of prison life with conviction – a very cleverly written script using humour and heartbreak to captivate the audience. An outstanding performance which shows how education can transform lives and aid rehabilitation. A must see!’

The play features performances by Nigel Travis, Thomas Jan Johnston, Luke Burgress and Jessica Brooks


Read article from East En Review here.

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