Essex-based Badac Theatre Company returns to Colchester Arts Centre on Wednesday, 7th December with their intense, visceral immersive theatre experience, The Box.
Born originally out of Badac founder Steve Lambert’s stumbling upon a documentary about the use of segregation in prisons whilst channel hopping, The Box is simultaneously a stand-alone piece and part of the company's aim to explore a range of human rights issues and share, through an intense theatrical experience, that work with audiences.
Steve’s late night viewing moved him to investigate how solitary confinement is used on prisoners and the devastating effects it has on mental health. From this research with experts and academics, including a visit to a Category A prison’s segregation unit, The Box was developed into a compelling evocation of the physical, psychological and emotional consequences of punitive solitary confinement.
Not for the faint hearted, this performance of The Box will be performed by Steve and another from Badac’s revolving pool of actors, Chris Thompson. (Both studied at the University of Essex’s East 15 Drama School.) Steve set up Badac in 1999 after writing Ashes to Ashes, a harrowing, yet touching play about the Holocaust that left critics utterly amazed that it was his playwriting debut.
Badac are excited to be back at “cracking venue” Colchester Arts Centre and - as does everyone Colchester Life talks to who is involved in the arts - wax lyrical about its director Antony Robert’s vision and support.
Performed to a standing audience, and containing strong language The Box has been described as “essential” theatre. If you’re interested in human rights issues (and Colchester Life would suggest we all have a vested interest in human rights issues!), or you’re simply a theatre buff, then this Wednesday’s performance is surely not to be missed.
Tickets are available on a pay-what-you-can-afford basis at: http://www.colchesterartscentre.com/events/performance/badac-theatre-company-the-box/