The Panopticon

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.

More details to be announced


Written by Jenni Fagan. Directed by Debbie Hannan.

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Recommended Age Guide:

16+ (contains scenes of a sexual nature, violence and drug use)

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