Kestrel Theatre Company in collaboration with the Royal Court Theatre
“If we don’t keep the noise down, people complain, you get shut down and then we’ll never get to drink your watered down piss for beer ever again.”
Wednesday night. Single dad Greg is in the pub with his mates: a lock-in. Beers and laughs. That’s all Greg’s after.
His son Calvin shadow boxes in their flat alone, forbidden by his father to compete in a local boxing match – it’s time to grow up and graft. Greg’s phone keeps ringing and somewhere nearby the night is about to be illuminated with flashing blue lights.
Broken Dreams follows a group of friends struggling with grief, guilt and the long-standing fight for justice from a housing system they believe has failed them.
“Angry doesn’t cover it man.
We need answers.”
Devised and performed by men from Her Majesty’s Prison Springhill in collaboration with Kestrel Theatre Company, Broken Dreams is their story, shaped and written with Simon Longman and directed by Holly Race Roughan. After a successful, packed-out performance last autumn at the Royal Court, Broken Dreams is back with a new cast from HMP Springhill released on license to perform for 8 shows.
“I never thought I’d ever get to do anything so positive in prison, to make something good out of being in such a bad situation. Kestrel has improved a lot of lives – it has shown us that there are other ways.” – feedback from a member of the original cast from HMP Springhill.
Kestrel Theatre Company is a charity that takes professionals into prisons to work collaboratively alongside those in the criminal justice system to create original theatre and film. Broken Dreams is their second collaboration with the Royal Court following Blood and Water in 2016.
Broken Dreams is accompanied by two post-show talks. These events are free with a ticket to that afternoon’s performance.
Wed 1 Aug | Broken Dreams writer Simon Longman and director Holly Race Roughan in conversation. Hosted by Royal Court Young Agitators.
Fri 3 Aug | Dr. Jamie Bennett, Governor of HMP Grendon & Springhill, Erwin James, co-writer and performer of Kestrel Theatre’s first collaboration with the Royal Court and HMP Springhill, Blood and Water, and actress Jen Joseph form the panel for the second post-show discussion. Royal Court Head of Participation Vishni Velada-Billson hosts.
Jerwood Theatre Upstairs
Wed 1 – Sat 11: 1pm (No show Sun 5, Mon 6, Tue 7)
Running time: 30mins
Age Guidance: 14+
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