Can Prisoners Become Educational Role Models for Youth at Risk?
ICAN presented the launch of Unlocking Shakespeare: a set of educational keys and a special screening Mickey B by The Educational Shakespeare Company at The Playhouse in September 2011.
Mickey B is an award-winning feature-length film based on Shakespeare’s Macbeth and set in the fictional Burnam Prison. The film was shot in Northern Ireland’s maximum security prison, HMP Maghaberry and features 42 characters played by prisoners and prison staff.
The film was the winner of the 2008 Roger Graef Award for Outstanding Achievement in Film at the national Arthur Koestler awards for Arts in Prisons.
A panel discussion followed the screening on the topical theme: “Can Prisoners Become Educational Role Models for Youth at Risk” chaired by Liz Fekete (Institute for Race Relations) with Limavady Mayor Sean McGlinchey, Professor Phil Scraton, Queens University, Sandara Kelso Robb (Lloyds TSB Foundation NI) and special guest Luk Vervaet (prison educator, Brussels). The discussion also featured Writer/Director Tom Magill and lead actor Sam McClean.
“It was chilling….fantastic work. It makes you think again about Shakespeare” - Stephen Rea
“An important work that speaks eloquently” - Kenneth Branagh