"There is a bit that’s gonna blow your mind. I’ll let you sit down and tell ya”
A stirring exploration of life, death and justice, The Listening Room features the true stories of five people whose lives have been transformed by a violent crime.
Years after trial and punishment, each one of them was given the chance to meet the person on the other side.
This is what happened when they said yes.
“You’ve gotta really think about… hang on a minute, what do I wanna say? Do I wanna tell em I wanna strangle you, what do I wanna say?”
In December The Listening Room will be performed at HMP Grendon and HMP Wormwood Scrubs for the prisoners (plus one public performance) and at City Hall and The National Theatre in conferences organised by Catch22 and the NCJAA respectively.
By Harriet Madeley
Directed by Max Barton
Sound by Jethro Cooke
Design by Georgia De Grey
Produced by Mark Knightley and Harriet Madeley
Associate producers are Nadia Nadif and Carmel Macaree Dramaturgy by Daisy Pattison Corney
Previous performances include
November 2016 - Pleasance Theatre (scratch night)
February 2017 - Old Red Lion
September 2017 - Theatre Royal Stratford East
"Anyone with an interest in drama should see this show because it delivers all the perfections great theatre aims for... It drags the audience to the very limits of human endurance... You emerge with your consciousness altered, your conception of human beings elevated and amplified... A painful, shocking, vital, uplifting experience. Quite unforgettable."
East London Radio - 5 Stars
“A completely new way of experiencing theatre. Kind of like a 3D virtual reality documentary”
Colourful Radio - 5 Stars
"Compelling and raw"
Breaking the Fourth Wall - 5 Stars
"Elicits that most fragile but precious quality - hope"
TimeOut - 4 Stars
"Bags of innovative flair"
LondonTheatre1 - 4 Stars
"...as unconventional as it is inspirational"
Ryan Gerald Cathy Tyson Mark Knightley Harriet Madeley Neran Persaud
70% of those in prison re-offend within the first year of their release.
All too often, court processes separate victims and offenders, making dialogue impossible and leaving voices unheard.
But in the UK, it is now possible for victims and offenders of even the most serious crimes to meet face to face.
Two years ago, the government committed £29 million to restorative justice - the process that enables this - in recognition of its potential to reduce reoffending rates.
A 2015 Ipsos MORI poll revealed that only 22% of the British population have heard of it.