A snarling counter culture outlaw, a bohemian philosopher in sailor shorts.
Fifteen-year old Anais Hendricks is smart, funny and fierce. She has also been let down by about every adult she has never met. Sitting in the back of a police car she is taken to the Panopticon, a young offenders institution.
Inside the circular, controlling Panopticon the residents develop intense bonds. All have experienced the failings of the care system, Anais refuses to be defined by it.
Brought for the first time to the stage, The Panopticon is a visceral, bloody and brutal testament to life and friendship.
We have a new kind of heroine for the 21st century.
A National Theatre of Scotland Production.
Age recommendation: 16+ (contains scenes of a sexual nature, violence and drug use)
The Panopticon is a very palpable hit.
It is theatre at its best, working to illuminate the darkest corners of an unforgiving world, which most would prefer to ignore.
A show that blazes with brilliance throughout.
Intense and brutal tale of a loveless childhood.
As Anais, Russell-Martin is a revelation.
Features a striking central performance.
Russell-Martin’s empowering performance gives a voice to those failed by the care system.
Bloody, bold and fierce.
A hard-hitting and emotionally charged show.
An ensemble production with an almost overwhelming star performer in its midst.
A shining star on the theatrical horizon
A production that pulsates with life.