2011Soho Theatre

Convictions Festival

Our first festival of new plays featured two premiere productions and three rehearsed readings all written by prisoners or ex-prisoners.

Every Coin

The old way doesn’t work anymore. It’s dated. Nobody gives a f**k about postcodes. Or about who done what to who before Islam.

Mark doesn’t do politics, he wants to finish his sentence and get back on the road. A prison transfer reconnects him with old enemies and friends but the game has changed: he must decide what he believes in and whose side he’s really on.

Written by
Carlon Campbell Robinson
Directed by
Esther Baker
Set design by
Katy McPhee
Lighting design by
Tony Simpson
Sound design by
Sarah Weltman
Danny Bedford, Ben Bishop, Gareth Kieran Jones, Petra LeTang, Terence Maynard, Christopher Middleton, Tom Padley, Alexis Rodney, Clifford Samuel, Danielle Vitalis
Fresh and often blisteringly funny
Evening Standard
An important, powerfully played piece about the contemporary underbelly of all of us.. take your pupils, take your MPS, take the Cabinet

The Archbishop and the Antichrist

You don’t even get to judge do you? You only get to be the mouthpiece for forgiving – but it is only words, hah?

South Africa, 1996. Presiding over the Truth and Reconciliation Committee hearings Desmond Tutu is confronted with an offer of vital intelligence from a mass-murderer on death row. Inspired by real events the play imagines the private dilemmas of a public figure attempting to heal a fractured nation.

The Archbishop and the Antichrist was adapted by Michael Ashton and Roland Joffe into a feature film The Forgiven featuring Forest Whittaker and Eric Bana.

Written by
Michael Ashton
Directed by
Lucy Kerbel
Peter Cartwright, Dona Croll, Jeffery Kissoon, Pamela Nomvete, Oscar Pearce
Wrenching. Go see this play!
The Public Reviews
The Archbishop and the Antichrist successfully explores what it means to forgive
British Theatre Guide

Rehearsed readings

The Growhouse by Luke Sawyer
Forgive Me Father by J. Mason
Heroes of the Soviet Republic by Matthew Williams
Plus shorts by young offenders at HMP Littlehey

Past productions

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To My Younger Self