Charlie Ryder, a puppeteer, actor and director is giving a rare and honest one-man play portraying an insight into the prison system, putting a face to what is often the faceless idea of ‘the prisoner’.
In October 1993, Charlie Ryder took part in a violent protest to shut down the BNP headquarters in Welling, South East London. He was arrested and sent to prison for 16 months. While in prison, he received a letter of support from a British Holocaust survivor, Leon Greenman. Charlie kept this letter in a scrapbook with poetry and artwork to record his time inside. In 2007, Charlie brought the scrapbook to life and turned his experience into a one man play using puppets, masks, physical theatre, dance and silence. The play’s aim is to question people’s perceptions of prison and prisoners.
To find out more, visit this website here – http://www.uk.iofc.org/prison-play-by-charlie-ryder