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Since 1891, tens of thousands of people have passed through Birmingham’s Central Lock-Up on their way to court, prison or even the noose. What brought them to this desperate point in their lives? And what memories have they left behind?
Eight of the region’s leading writers will resurrect the ghosts of The Lock-Up’s past, summoning them back to the cells, stairways and corridors where they once walked. As you move around the building you’ll meet robbers and drunkards, prostitutes and murderers, as well as the policemen and pioneering policewomen who held the keys.
Beware! The past still has lessons to teach us. Those who dare to enter The Lock-Up get taught those lessons well. Feedback from the original shows in 2018 include:
“Fascinating, wonderfully evocative, superb acting”
"Fabulous show! Informative and emotional, thought provoking, amazing acting and writing"
Duration approximately 1 hour with a chance to look round and visit the shop after. Not suitable for children under the age of 12.
Please be advised the Lock-up is an old building and is not suitable for visitors with mobility issues. Flat shoes are advised and no short skirts . Pictures may be taken during the shows for publicity purposes. There will be some chairs in each area but the show mainly consists of standing for short performances and moving around the building.
Behind Bars: Ghosts of the Lock-up takes place at Steelhouse Lane on 12,13, 20, 21 July.
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