Jean Genet at The Print Room

Death Watch, Jean Genet’s first play opened at the Print Room (Coronet) this week. A startling spectacle awaits on stage with a huge cage set in the middle of an old fashioned saw dusty circus ring. Inside the cage are the three criminals from Genet’s play, two of whom vie for the attention of number three, a murderer and the king pin, Green Eyes. It is an interesting, thought provoking and disturbing piece written in 1947 drawing on Genet’s own experience behind bars. Designer Lee Newby, lighting designer David Plater and composer Simon Slater have all done an amazing job of creating a visual feast and scoring it with moody music. Before the show you can step into the studio space, where there is an exhibition of paintings by inmates from Brixton Prison, who met with artist Gavin Turk and artistic director Anda Winters for a creative workshop. The paintings are for sale at £350 each. A small amount of the money will go to the artist and the rest will be used to buy art materials for the prison. It is always a privilege and a treat to see the ambitious projects the Print Room puts on and this is no exception. On to 7th May, tickets from £20 and the play lasts 75 minutes with no interval. Oh and the performances and director (Geraldine Alexander) are top notch. the-print-room

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