The Live Theatre performance of ‘Key Change’ took place on Saturday the 7th of June. For the British Theatre Guide’s review, please click here.

Alison was interviewed by Simon Logan at BBC Radio Newcastle, and you can listen to this on iPlayer by clicking here.  

There was a article in the Journal newspaper and online before the performance. You can view this by clicking here.

 Key Change

HMP YOI Low Newton Women's StoriesDuring 2014 Dilly Arts will be undertaking a hugely exciting programme working with women prisoners of HMP YOI Low Newton.

Our project falls into three phases:

Phase 1: January – June 2014

We have commissioned the brilliant Open Clasp Theatre Company to work within HMP YOI Low Newton to help the women devise their own play – the women will then have opportunity to perform their play to their community inside their prison. As the women will not be able to leave prison to tour their work, their play will be taken up by professional female actors and toured to male prisons in the North East: HMP Durham, HMP Frankland, HMYOI Deerbolt and HMP Northumberland will all be offered the opportunity to hold two performances per establishment; this will enable us to not only reach a larger audience but also perform to the VP (vulnerable prisoner) population as well as the main populations in each prison.

Following the male prison performances, we will take the performance back into HMP YOI Low Newton, before our one and only public performance at the Live theatre on 7 June (follow link below for more details and to book tickets).

We will follow up the male prison performances with creative writing workshops to provide opportunity for the men to work through their responses to the work and the film of the performance at Live Theatre will be taken back into HMP YOI Low Newton so the women can see the public’s response to their work.

Phase 2: June – September 2014

The soundtrack from the play will then be used to create an animated film by the women at HMP YOI Low Newton, this will be available on our website later in 2014. We are currently confirming our artistic team for this element of our project.

 Phase 3: June – September 2014

Running parallel to our film project at HMP YOI Low Newton, we have also been funded by HMP Durham and HMP Frankland to work with their male prisoners to create short films in response to the issues raised in the women’s play – this opportunity has also been offered to HMP Northumberland and HMYOI Deerbolt.


Dilly Arts is hugely grateful to all our funders for their support for this project!

This project is supported using public funding  by the National Lottery through Arts Council England and the Big Lottery. Dilly Arts has also received funding for this project from HMP YOI Low Newton,  HMP Durham and HMP Frankland.

(Photo credit: Colin Potsig)