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Bristol Indymedia Presents: Prison?

Mon 6 September 2010 // 20:00

(Mon 6th Sept / 7.30pm / £4/3 but nobody turned away for lack of funds)
Bristol Anarchist Bookfair, in association with Bristol Indymedia and Bristol ABC, present PRISON?

A one man performance written and performed by Charlie Ryder. This is a true story which is creatively told using a variety of theatrical devices including puppetry, masks, physical theatre and dance.

In October 1993 Charlie Ryder took part in a demonstration to shut down the BNP headquarters in Welling, south-east London. This developed into a serious riot, and a few months later he was featured on the TV show Crime Monthly. He was arrested and after a two year wait was sent to prison for 16 months. In prison Charlie kept a scrapbook to record poems, letters and art work. Charlie, not a professional actor but an open and impassioned performer, has brought the scrapbook to life as a full production.

What does going to prison really entail? This gives a rare and honest insight into the prison system, putting a face to what is often the faceless idea of 'the prisoner'. The play depicts the trauma of prison, in particular the de-humanising effects of well known procedures, such as being strip-searched, are clearly examined.

At the end of the show Charlie will hold a Q and A session - your opportunity to debate and discuss issues raised by the show.