Out for the day. Out for good. I feel like it's tattooed on my forehead.
Six women share a room in a prison dormitory. Rae reads poetry, Mo thinks she is going to die, Margaret writes letters, Sonia watches loud television, and Julia copes with sarcasm. Catherine tries to get ready. Preparing for release: town visits, home visits, pep talks and nerves; the stakes are high and expectations mounting for Catherine and the people in her life.
Acclaimed actor Zawe Ashton (Dreams of a Life, Fresh Meat) joins a cast of eight residents at HM Prison & YOI Askham Grange to perform a play created for them by award-winning playwright Chloë Moss. There Are Mountains is a new play set at the moment of release from prison and the impact on one woman, her family and her community.
HM Prison & YOI Askham Grange is located just outside of York in the village of Askham Richard.
Chloë is a playwright and screenwriter. Her theatre credits include: SWEATBOX (Clean Break, 2015 & 2019), RUN SISTER RUN (Paines Plough/Soho Theatre/Sheffield Theatres, 2019), FATAL LIGHT (Soho Theatre, 2010 & 2011), THIS WIDE NIGHT (Clean Break/Soho Theatre & Off Broadway, 2008, winner of the Susan Smith Blackburn prize), CATCH (Royal Court, 2006) and HOW LOVE IS SPELT (Bush Theatre, 2004, & New York’s Summer Play Festival, 2005). She is currently under commission to the Royal Court and Headlong Theatre.
It's the most positive experience I've ever had in jail.
It blew me away! Couldn't speak for about 20 minutes!
The quality of the production was outstanding and the concrete benefits that at least several of the participants derived from it--a boost to self-confidence as well as professional experience--will be valuable.