Show Devised in Women's Prison Wins Highest Honor at Edinburgh and Is New York-Bound

News   Show Devised in Women's Prison Wins Highest Honor at Edinburgh and Is New York-Bound
 
Key Change, a piece devised by women from a prison in the U.K., has been awarded the The Carol Tambor Best of Edinburgh Award after playing at this year's festival to critical acclaim. Courtesy of the prize, the show will now have a New York run in early 2016.

Devised by women from HMPYOI Low Newton, a prison in the North of England, Key Change is described as "a raw and illuminating portrayal of women in prison." The stripped-back production uses only a few chairs, a "ghetto blaster" and four rolls of masking tape.

The piece is written by Catrina McHugh and directed by Laura Lindow, and is set to run in New York Jan. 6-31, 2016, at New York Theater Workshop's 4th Street Theatre.

"In theatre we have the ability to often hear voices we don’t in our daily lives," explained Carol Tambor in a press statement. "We are privileged to meet these women and get to know and understand them."

Presented by the Carol Tambor Theatrical Foundation, the award is the highest honor at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. To be eligible, the show must be an original work, never seen in New York City, and have received a four-star or five-star review from The Scotsman, Scotland's foremost daily newspaper.

Now in its 12th year, The Carol Tambor Best of Edinburgh Award gives artists and their productions at the Edinburgh Festival the chance to present in New York City, building a bridge between the two cities. For more information visit BestofEdinburgh.

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