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The Stretch

Updated: Feb 13, 2019

Failing systems, budget cuts and privatisation of rapidly deteriorating prisons...

A 15 minute version last May just wasn't quite enough. With a team including James Lewis as Lee under the direction of Simon Naylor and speaking the words of BAFTA award-winning writer Joe Ainsworth, it is set to be a production you most definitely will not want to miss.

Following success in JB Shorts 19, this extended piece is set to launch in the arches of 53two this March.

Follow Lee in this powerful and poignant piece as he finds his way through a ten year stretch inside - after one terrible mistake. Experience the highs, the lows and how this affects both Lee and those closest to him. A play that discusses an all too current issue and the support given to those incarcerated and those trying to rehabilitate themselves into society.

"The first time I directed this piece, in its shorter format, I knew Joe had written something special. James, our lead actor, felt the same and this combined passion to discuss the problems that prisons and their inmates face, as well as highlighting to a younger audience that decisions last beyond the instant they are made in, was all we needed to move the piece forward. It's an incredibly important piece of writing."
Simon Naylor - Director (MAP Productions)

MAP Productions are delighted to be bringing this piece back to stage following rave reviews from the critically acclaimed JB Shorts festival. Written with the support from the pastoral team at HMP Forrest Bank and based on true experiences, this extended version is set to be even more powerful than the first outing almost a year ago.

The Stretch will continue to raise the bar for fringe theatre in Greater Manchester and draw in a new and more diverse audience. A sensory journey using spoken word, dance and music to spark discussion about a subject all to present in the media - how one decision can change lives. The piece also looks at how people in this situation deal with the decision and its consequences in what some would consider a failing prison system.

Alongside the production, MAP and the team will look to engage with companies such as Clinks, The National Criminal Justice Arts Alliance and Young Identity to run workshops with their members and have them perform alongside Manchester poet Argh Kid on a fundraiser night on Sunday 10th March 2019.

6th - 15th March



£10 / £2 Unwaged Tickets


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