2016HMP Thameside

A Raisin in the Sun

What happens to a dream deferred? Does it dry up like a raisin in the sun?

Crammed into a tiny apartment in 1950’s Chicago, the Younger family strives for a better way of life.  Their hopes hang on the arrival of an insurance pay-out, but will their conflicting desires tear the family apart?

A Raisin in the Sun was performed to prisoners, staff, families and invited public audiences.

Written by
Lorraine Hansberry
Directed by
Juliet Knight
Performed by
HMP Thameside prisoner actors & musicians and Estella Daniels, Suzann McLean, Danielle Vitalis

Produced in collaboration with the Irene Taylor Trust

The transformation prisoners underwent in a short amount of time was truly astounding
Prisoner cast member
Today I went to a theatre, not a prison. That is what I felt
Audience member
It has shown me that if I put my mind to it, I can accomplish anything
Prisoner musician

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