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Another festival in a prison and forthcoming performances of an award-winning production

LLL Productions
Penned Up at Erlestoke
a festival in a prison

As Artistic Director of LLL Productions, Mark C. Hewitt will be co-directing a second festival at HMP Erlestoke, in Wiltshire. Penned Up is a strand of cross-artform literature festivals that involves prisoners in the programming, management and in-house promotion of the festival, as well as being the audience and, in some cases, performers at the events. Penned Up at Erlestoke #2 runs from March 12th - March 22nd with a busy programme of talks workshops and participative activity. Guests including novelists Kit de Waal and Nathan Filer, journalist and author Gary Younge, spoken word artist Femi Keeling, footballer Tony Adams and celebrity chef, Levi Roots. Mark will additionally be working with a group of prisoners on a performance of extracts from Martin Crimp's experimental play, Attempts on Her Life.

Kit de Waal mugshot
Kit de Waal, who will give the introductory speech at Erlestoke 2018, with her Penned Up mug after her festival event in 2017

Directing (Live Literature)
Zones of Avoidance
by Maggie Sawkins

A first performance on the Isle of Wight for Maggie Sawkins' multimedia production, directed by Mark C. Hewitt, that won the 2013 Ted Hughes Award for New Work in Poetry. Fusing the real life testimonies of addicts in recovery with vivid language and evocative film, Zones of Avoidance gives a powerfully moving account of a mother caught up in the drama of her daughter’s addiction. More about Zones of Avoidance »

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Photo by Nivine F. Keating © Morrighan Images

Date/time: Thursday 10 May, 7.30pm
Quay Arts, Newport Harbour, Isle of Wight
Tickets: £10.00
Box Office: 01983 822490
Details and online booking here »