These Walls at York Castle Museum

Prisons freak me out

I imagine I’m not the only one who feels this way. However, they also fascinate me. Rebecca Manley’s new play, These Walls, brings to life the history of the Debtors’ Prison at York Castle Museum and the history of the women who lived there. It’s being performed by the York Theatre Royal Youth Theatre 14-16s. Three separate groups are performing each night, giving maximum cast a chance to showcase their skills.

Taking place in the unusual but super apt venue of the York Castle Museum prison, the audience will be guided through the venue and treated to an impressive, immersive narratives where they can take part in various roles themselves.

Fancy a drink with Dick Turpin? You’ve found the right play

Unheard, unseen and forgotten stories are the focus of this play – giving audiences the chance to learn something new as well as watch something fantastic.

Sarah Yates, assistant curator of social history learning (informal) at York Castle Museum, said:
“We are delighted to be working with such a talented team to create a play that immerses you in the history of the museum’s authentic and atmospheric cells. The young actors give a voice to the people who spent time in these dark, claustrophobic places and in doing so offer the museum a fantastic and dynamic way to bring history to life for new audiences.”

Interactive performances are tough, I know this as a fact

I was a whipper snapper of 17 when I performed an immersive promenade performance, also set in a prison, with my A-Level drama group. It’s embarrassing, awkward and so difficult to gauge and manage audience reactions. So if you do go along, please be an ideal audience. Take part, be polite and be encouraging because these young people are doing an incredible thing.

Performances on 15, 16 and 17 March are at 6.30pm and 8.30pm. You can get your tickets from the York Theatre Royal website.

Photography provided by York Theatre Royal

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