★★★★ ‘A sharp, impeccably performed and blazingly impassioned piece of theatre…simply terrific’ The Times

At a time when two thirds of UK prisoners re-offend within two years, Release fuses high-energy physical theatre, an original score, and mixed media to create an explosive insight into just how hard it is to go straight.

Release won a Fringe First Award and was shortlisted for an Amnesty Freedom of Expression Award and Brighton Festival Fringe Emerging Talent Award.

Release premiered at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2011, at the Pleasance Dome. It toured nationally in 2012 to Dartington Hall, the Arcola, South Hill Park Arts, Mercury Theatre in Colchester, Square Chapel Arts Centre (Halifax), Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama (Cardiff), Corn Exchange (Newbury), Hat Factory Luton, Oxford Playhouse (Oxford) and Courtyard Theatre (Hereford).

Release was supported by South Hill Park Arts Centre, Dartington Hall, the Brook Theatre Chatham, the Toynbee Studios, Arts Council England South East and the Young Vic.

Cast

Performer Jason Harvey
Performer Verity Hewlett
Performer Shane Shambhu
Performer Paul Tinto

★★★★ ‘A sharp, impeccably performed and blazingly impassioned piece of theatre…simply terrific’
— The Times
★★★★ ‘It is easy to take for granted the acting skills of a top theatre company. But when actors embody characters as superbly as this, you can’t help but notice…’
— The New Statesman
★★★★ ‘Icon Theatre has created one of the most compelling and theatrically effective pieces of storytelling on the Fringe…’
— The Scotsman
★★★★ ‘Stellar high energy, gritty performances, strikingly staged…a moving, forceful production…’
— British Theatre Guide

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