Back Door Parole
(formerly called Lock Down)
our new play for 2021
Ron is an elderly lifer and Kathy is new to prison chaplaincy. It’s a strange bond they develop but important to both of them. Through the prism of life inside, Kathy is forced to go on a journey of discovery and Ron is her guide.
Back Door Parole explores the hidden plight of the elderly and infirm inside UK’s jails and asks some big questions about how the system is coping with this ever increasing problem. As Ron is fond of saying ‘There is no system. That is the system.’
Back Door Parole is a prison term for those inmates who will never be released from incarceration. Their only way out will be "back door parole" slang for death.
The play explores the complexities of the UK penal system and how this impacts upon both inmates and those who work within it. In particular, it exposes the pressures and stresses caused by the increasing number of elderly men who will see out their days in prison cells.
There is no charge for performance but we welcome donations for organisations working closely with long term prisonners in the UK. We can perform this play in almost any space, (including inside prisons). We are emtirley self sufficent, all we need is a 13 amp electrical supply.
Age range: 17+ Duration: Approximately 70 minutes
Back Door Parole has been commissioned by Positive Justice Gloucestershire
And The Beat Goes On
Our new production charts over 300 years of Quaker Nonviolent Direct Action, from the early Abolitionists, through Quakers living in Nazi Germany and Jean Zaru in Palestine to Trident Ploughshares in the 21st century.
Duration:- 65 minutes
Age suitablity 16+
Feeding The Darkness
Feeding the Darkness…….Shining a light on State Sanctioned Torture….through Story, Poem and Song…. This production was commissioned by Q-CAT (Quaker Concern for teh Abolition of Torture). It frames the disturbing issue of State sanctioned torture through a series of monologues and duologues which explore how the UN Convention Against Torture is clearly being abused by both UK and world-wide governments.
Duration:- 1 hour
Age suitability:- 17+
Red Flag over Bermondsey
Red Flag Over Bermondsey is a one woman show, written and performed by Lynn Morris and tells the inspiring story of social reformer and campaigner against poverty, Ada Salter.
Duration:- 1 hour
Age suitability:- 14+
IThe Bundle, commissioned by QARN (Quaker Asylum Seekers and Refugee network) tells the true story of a woman fleeing domestic violence and servitude in Chechyna, endorsed by the state there, coupled with the ‘hostile environment’ being created in the UK by our government.
See our Current Productions page for more info.
Duration:- 1 hour
Age suitability:- 16+
Rock and a Hard Place
Written by Lynn Morris and performed by Journeymen Theatre
When it comes to domestic abuse, it’s more than the blows that do the damage.Kayleigh is a talented teenager whose life should be full of promise. Instead, she finds herself in a cycle of domestic abuse from which there seems no escape until Aunty Jan helps her find a way out, after twenty long years of ‘put up and shut up’.
Based on a true story, together with the combined true life experiences shared by other women, the play explores the complex nature of domestic abuse, ranging from coercion in its many forms to women’s deaths at the hands of abusive partners.
Rock and A Hard Place also reveals the impact of funding cuts on the refuge system and on support available for women like Kayleigh and is an appeal to all of us to both recognise and highlight this major human rights issue in our own communities.
Commissioned by Gloucestershire Quakers, all profits from this play will be used to support the work of women’s refuges both in the Gloucester area and nationally.
Age range: 17+
Duration: 65 minutes (no interval)
Lover of Souls
A dramatic evocation of the life of Elizabeth Hooton.
What led a 17th century woman in her fifties to leave a comfortable home in a remote East Midlands village, to become a travelling Quaker minister, enduring persecution and prison, confronting Cromwell and Charles II, making the dangerous Atlantic crossing several times and ending her days in Jamaica?
Hooton and the other early Quakers experienced the English Civil war and its aftermath in all its viciousness; indeed, in terms of suffering and loss the English Civil War had a destructive impact greater than either of the two world wars of the Twentieth Century. Out of this crucible of war there emerged what historians usually call ‘The Protestant Sects’. Ranters, Seekers, Baptists, Muggletonians and Fifth Monarchists and, of course, Quakers.
Looking at Hooton’s life and suffering as a Quaker casts a clear light into the tangled skein of seventeenth century religious belief, when the most important issue facing men and women was that of individual salvation. She and the early Quakers turned this issue on its head by advocating and embracing a radical, practical and socialist theology. As the Quaker Epistle for 2021, says: ‘Our Quaker forebears were wild about their faith. And they challenged the establishment...Is it time to rewild our Quakerism? Hooton’s answer would be a resounding ‘Yea’.
Devised, written and performed by Lynn Morris, the show is based closely on Elizabeth Hooton’s own writings and those of her contemporaries.
Age Sutability:- 17+