Monday 12th October sees the premiere of Built to Contain in B wing at Crumlin Rd Gaol; a radio play developed and performed by people with convictions in Northern Ireland.
With humour and pathos the play explores life in prison, power systems, small acts of rebellion, communication with the world beyond the walls and imaginary escapism.
Supported by NIACRO, as part of the Corners of Europe initiative, the project was created by Irish artists Laurence McKeown (Playwright), Paula McFetridge (Director) and Slovenian archivist Ana Frank.
For the inaugural Belfast International Arts Festival this sound installation will be followed by a discussion exploring arts engagement and education in prison. It will be chaired by writer and journalist Susan McKay (author of Bear in Mind These Dead and Northern Protestants – An Unsettled People) with contribution from Carlo Gabler, Writer-in-residence HMP Maghaberry 1997-2015, Creative Writing Tutor (part-time) HMP Maze (1992-97); and Dr Jenny Meegan, Open University tutor/counsellor in NI prisons 1983-2003; alongside project participants.
Monday 12th October at 7.30pm
Crumlin Road Gaol, B Wing