And we’ll laugh at gilded butterflies

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Maggie Roberts is one of an estimated 30, 000 people living in solitary confinement in US prisons, existing in a small, sterile room for 23 hours a day.

She loves her husband, enjoys painting and hopes to do more cooking at home... once she gets out. This one-hour play shows how the human spirit can stretch to survive through hope.

Formed at East 15 Acting School in 2010, Tormented Casserole sought to understand the effect of capital punishment in performance.

Beginning with a dinner date discussing the famous executed of the past, the company has moved on to examine the effects of confinement on the individual.

The company features Portsmouth-born Francesca McCrohon, who started performing at an early age with her brother John-Paul’s company CCADS. She won a Portsmouth News Guide Award for her performances in Closer and Katherine Howard.

Francesca says: ‘This piece suits claustrophobic and atmospheric performance spaces, so the audience can really feel how small and stifling someone’s world is when incarcerated. We used the Round Tower for our promotional photo shoot and were struck by the atmosphere of the place, so we are delighted to use it for the play.’

And We’ll Laugh at Gilded Butterflies is at the Round Tower on Saturday, September 6 and Sunday, September 7 at 8pm. Tickets: £10, buy online at gildedbutterflies.brownpapertickets.com

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