Vancouver Island Performance of HERE: A Captive Odyssey

Here - A Captive Odyssey poster

Canada’s only inmate-run theatre company, The William Head on Stage company, which is run out of the William Head Institution prison, recently debuted its new play HERE: A Captive Odyssey, written and produced entirely by inmates of the institution. The play runs from October 9, 2015 to November 7, 2015 at the prison, which is about a half hour from Victoria, BC. An abstract of the play goes as follows:

A serpent of transformation takes aim at an inmate serving time at William Head Prison. He is pulled out of his time and finds himself conversing with people were there long before him.  He must embark on a journey of self-discovery to find his way back to the present. Inspired by the book Quarantined by Peter Johnson and true stories of William Head Peninsula, this new work will inspire, delight and engage audiences. One part whimsy. One part sci-fi.

The play is directed by BC artist Kate Rubin. According to CBC’s review of the play, it stars 19 inmates and was written by 20 inmates, and additionally features four female actors from Victoria and an outside stage crew. It is one of the only prison-based theatre companies in the world that allows the public to enter the prison in order to view the show. The review wrote further that the play “tells the story of two inmates, serving the final years of their sentences, who find a device that allows them to time travel and explore the history of the prison — from its beginnings as a First Nations village and Scottish sheep farmer homestead, to its history as a provincial and then federal prison.” Tickets and additional information can be found here.

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