Dance, Physical Theatre and Circus (verbatim, political)

  • Summerhall - Main Hall
  • 20:55
  • Aug 27
  • 1 hour 15 minutes
  • Suitability: 16+ (Guideline)
  • Country: United Kingdom - England
  • Group: LUNG in Association with The North Wall
  • Warnings and additional info: Contains distressing or potentially triggering themes, Scenes of violence, Strobe lighting, Strong language/swearing, More information
  • Accessibility:
    Wheelchair Accessible Toilets
    May not apply to all performances. You'll find more information about accessibile performances and how to book tickets in the accessibility tab below.
  • Babes in arms policy: Babies do not require a ticket
  • Policy applies to: Children under 2 years
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‘I dance in the horror of grief.’ Three men at Woodhill prison are dead. Their families demand answers. This is a call to arms about the crisis facing prisons. Gut-punching choreography and unflinching beats shine a light on the hidden story of HMP Woodhill. Lyrically told in their own words, three families investigate what happened to their boys. What they discover is so haunting, it turns their world upside down. An explosive true story by multi-award-winning LUNG and The North Wall. ***** ‘Brave and astutely political’ (WhatsOnStage on Trojan Horse) **** ‘Long live LUNG’ (The Stage on Who Cares)

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General venue access

  • Wheelchair Accessible Toilets
  • Accessible entry: Once in to the courtyard, follow the signs up the access ramp, around the front of the bar and into the main reception. Down the corridor on your right hand side is the lift on your right hand side. Take this to the first floor, then take a left through the double doors. The Main Hall is on your right.
  • Wheelchair access type: Permanent Ramp, Lift (Building Lift)

  • Stairs: 11- 20
    Number of stairs is provided as guidance and is not in addition to any wheelchair access type (lift/ramp etc) stated above.

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Captioned performances

  • Dates: 2 August, 4 August, 5 August, 6 August, 7 August, 8 August, 9 August, 10 August, 11 August, 12 August, 13 August, 15 August, 16 August, 17 August, 18 August, 19 August, 20 August, 22 August, 23 August, 24 August, 25 August, 26 August, 27 August
  • Type: Closed (Own Device)
  • Booking options: You can book independently online, or contact our access team to book your tickets and request any specific seating locations or if booking a unit is required.

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  • Requires a complimentary personal assistant ticket to attend a performance

Kirsty T 38 days ago

To say this is a powerful and impactful piece would be an understatement. The dancers are all incredible and I left feeling both incredibly hollow but also full of rage and passion to join their fight. Such an important piece and it was a joy and pleasure to be able to see it.

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Theatre Travels 32 days ago

they perform it with urgency, grace, respect and absolute power in their movement.

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ThreeWeeks (5/5 stars) 36 days ago

Five stars for innovation and high ambition.

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The Reviews Hub (5/5 stars) 37 days ago

It is essential political theatre, and a powerful testament to the members of the Woodhill Families group and their quest to turn grief into resistance.

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UK Theatre Web (3/5 stars) 37 days ago

A SIT-UP Award winner for its efforts to raise a significant issue and motivate an effective audience response.

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Broadway Baby (4/5 stars) 39 days ago

Below the Line (4/5 stars) 40 days ago

I highly recommend this show to anyone, it is not an easy evening at the theatre, but it is one everyone should witness to make sure these tragedies continue to be spoken of.

The Crumb (4/5 stars) 41 days ago

Woodhill is a remarkable feat.

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Bouquets & Brickbats (4.5/5 stars) 41 days ago

Woodhill is relentless and startling.

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The Stage (4/5 stars) 41 days ago

Primal and emotive.

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Everything theatre (4/5 stars) 44 days ago

An explosion of dance, physical theatre and verbatim testimony, Woodhill is a must see dramatic exposé of political injustice in the prison system

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British Theatre Guide (4/5 stars) 47 days ago

important and well worth seeing.

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The Student (5/5 stars) 53 days ago

A very powerful show that will leave you feeling the desire to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with strangers.

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