News: Crowded Room announces a UK Tour of The Listening Room, a critically acclaimed play exploring the effects of violent crime

Following critically acclaimed runs at the Old Red Lion and Theatre Royal Stratford East in 2017, Crowded Room has announced that its production The Listening Room will embark on a UK tour in 2019. The production will visit theatres, prisons and schools across the country including The Lowry in Salford, Northern Stage in Newcastle and Theatr Clwyd in Mold. The OFFIE-nominated cast from the original production will return, including Golden Globe and BAFTA-nominated actress, Cathy Tyson.

Written by Harriet Madeley and directed by Max Barton, The Listening Room explores three violent crimes, each committed by young men, and the extraordinary decision taken by victims and offenders to meet years later. The devastating consequences of the crimes are explored alongside the humanity of the interviewees and the transformative impact of the meetings. In an increasingly fractured and impersonal era, this production uses live performance to explore the power of face to face communication.

The Listening Room has been created from interviews compiled over the course of 2016 conducted with victims and offenders who participated in restorative justice. In 2016 the Office for National Statistics revealed that reoffending rates among young people were at their highest level for 10 years. Restorative justice has been proven to reduce reoffending by as much as 27% and reports have pointed to an 800% return on investment for every pound spent.

Crowded Room will be running workshops for schools and communities alongside the show.


27 March
BBC Radio 4 and National Prison Radio
Broadcast at 2.15pm

14 – 15 May
Theatr Clwyd
01352 701521

16 May
Oldham Coliseum
0161 624 2829

17 May
HMP Grendon

18 May
Glassbox Theatre
01634 383 388

21 May
Bethlem Psychiatric Hospital

22 May
HMP Thameside

23 May
Lighthouse, Poole
01202 280000

24 – 25 May
Cheltenham Everyman
01242 572573

29 May
Northern Stage
0191 230 5151

30 – 31 May
Harrogate Theatre
01423 502 116

3 June
HMYOI Brinsford and HMP Stafford

7 June
Maudsley Psychiatric Hospital

8 June
The Spring Arts and Heritage Centre
023 9247 2700

10 June
HMP Kirkham

11 June
CAST Doncaster
01302 303 959

12 June
Arlington Arts
01635 244 246

13 – 15 June
The Lowry, Salford
0843 208 6000

More dates to be announced

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