Bognor's Matthew turns London producer

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Matthew Hawes, from Bognor Regis, presents two unique versions of the same prison-based comedy Barred Freedom at Marylebone Cockpit Theatre, London.

The production starts on Monday, March 20 and runs until Saturday, March 25.

Matthew has spent the past two years at Drama Studio London in Ealing and was determined to take a proactive approach to theatre after graduating.

The show comes from M B Hawes Productions.

His first venture into production uses the talents of six recently-graduated drama students, a witty and thought-provoking script by Eugene Ambrose and two professional directors who bring their own interpretations of the same genderless play.

Matthew said: “Set in a prison in the nineteen seventies, Barred Freedom deals with the understanding of contentment in confinement, both physically and mentally.

“Wentworth 6649 is a first timer. Dawson is a young ‘old’ hand. When forced together, the conflict of class, education and language comes to the fore. Wentworth sees bars and bricks and is resolved on suicide as the only means of escape until Dawson reveals another.”

Matthew is producing the comedy drama with all-male and all-female casts playing on alternate nights.

Showtimes: male cast performs: March 20, 22 and 24 at 7pm; female cast performs: March 21, 23 and 25 at 7pm. Tickets: full price £12; concessions £9. Box office: 02072582925 or www.thecockpit.org.uk. The Cockpit, Gateforth Street, London, NW8 8EH.

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