"There is a bit that’s gonna blow your mind. I’ll let you sit down and tell ya”
An explosive exploration of life, death and justice, The Listening Room features the true stories of five people whose lives have been transformed by a violent crime.
Years after trial and punishment, each one of them was given the chance to meet the person on the other side.
This is what happened when they said yes.
“You’ve gotta really think about… hang on a minute, what do I wanna say? Do I wanna tell em I wanna strangle you, what do I wanna say?”
"Anyone with an interest in drama should see this show because it delivers all the perfections great theatre aims for... It drags the audience to the very limits of human endurance... You emerge with your consciousness altered, your conception of human beings elevated and amplified... A painful, shocking, vital, uplifting experience. Quite unforgettable."
East London Radio - 5 Stars
“A completely new way of experiencing theatre. Kind of like a 3D virtual reality documentary”
Colourful Radio - 5 Stars
"Compelling and raw"
Breaking the Fourth Wall - 5 Stars
"Elicits that most fragile but precious quality - hope"
TimeOut - 4 Stars
"Bags of innovative flair"
LondonTheatre1 - 4 Stars
"...as unconventional as it is inspirational"
By Harriet Madeley
Directed by Max Barton
Sound by Jethro Cooke
Design by Georgia De Grey
Produced by Mark Knightley, Harriet Madeley
and Lucy Curtis
Previous performances include
November 2016 - Pleasance Theatre (scratch night)
February 2017 - Old Red Lion
September 2017 - Theatre Royal Stratford East
December 2017 - HMP Grendon, HMP Wormwood Scrubs, Bethlem Psychiatric Hospital, the National Theatre (extract), the Mayor of London's Victims' Summit (extract)
April - June 2019 - Theatr Clwyd, The Lowry, CAST, Lighthouse Poole, Northern Stage and tour
Archie Backhouse Cathy Tyson Mark Knightley Harriet Madeley Bruce Kitchener