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Recent and forthcoming activity

Recent events, article online and a show on tour

LLL Productions
Penned Up at Erlestoke
Festival in a prison

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As Artistic Director of live literature production company, LLL, Mark C. Hewitt was recently co-directing a cross-artform literature festival at Erlestoke Prison in Wiltshire. Prisoners were involved in a management committee that oversaw all aspects of the festival and the aim was to support rehabilitation and offer inspiration. Visiting artists included Billy Bragg, novelist Kit de Waal (pictured above), Erwin James, Noel "Razor" Smith, Dreda Say Mitchell, Mr Gee and graphic novelist, Ilya. There was also a performance of Diving into the Wreck, the multimedia work (developed by MCH with poet Maggie Sawkins) in which addicts in recovery tell their own story (see photo below), plus a version of David Mamet's Duck Variations, developed with a group of prisoners as part of the festival.

The 'Diving into the Wreck' crew with Billy Bragg at Erlestoke Prison, March 2017

On tour
Roll Over Atlantic ☆☆☆☆
by John Agard

Caribbean-British poet John Agard's one man show, directed by Mark C. Hewitt, continues its tour into 2017 with dates at Norfolk & Norwich Festival and the Festival on the Close in Rugby. The production is a mercurial revisiting in verse and song of the notorious voyages of Christopher Columbus. Whether glorified or vilified, his accidental 'discovery' of the New World gave a kickstart to globalisation, bridging Europe, Africa, Asia and the Americas, and joining forever the fates of these separate hemispheres and eco-systems.

Read the 4 Star review from a recent performance at London's Southbank Centre »
Hear John talk about Roll Over Atlantic as a guest of Libby Purves on BBC Radio 4's Midweek »

Production photo © François Norris, 2015

Forthcoming tour dates
Mon 15 May: Norfolk & Norwich Festival, Norwich Arts Centre
Thurs 29 June:
Festival on the Close, Macready Theatre, Rugby School

Work in progress
Civilization (and its discontents)

Read Mark's online article in Arts Professional:
Should I stay or should I go?