Wed 20 Sep - Sat 7 Oct 2023


Wednesday 20 September - Saturday 7 October 2023


7.30pm, 5pm on Saturday 30 September


£18 Full Price
£15 Concessions & the shows on 20 & 21 September

Running Time

75 mins

Age Guidance

16 +

Audience Guidance

This show contains strobe lighting, strong language/swearing
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Theatre & Performance


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"Campaigning theatre is reimagined with astonishing force"
The Guardian


"LUNG has created something impressive and rare here: a piece of theatre ambitious in both political aim and artistic achievement."


"it's essential viewing"


"a dazzling show that does justice to injustice"
Evening Standard

Three men at Woodhill prison are dead. The families demand answers. This is a call to arms about the crisis facing prisons.

Gut punching choreography and unflinching beats shine a light on the hidden story of HMP Woodhill. Lyrically told in their own words, three families investigate what happened to their boys. What they discover is so haunting, it turns their world upside down.

Pushing the form of documentary and physical theatre, Woodhill is an explosive true story by multi-award-winning LUNG and The North Wall.

Relaxed Performance: Saturday 30 September, 5pm
For this performance, the lights in the auditorium will remain on, and the sound levels will be lowered. Audience members will be able to leave and re-enter the space freely. There will be a short introduction before the start of the show. There will also be printed Visual Stories and Wellbeing Packs for audience members to use if they would like. These documents will be sent to bookers before the show too.

Captioning is offered for every performance via The Difference Engine. Please let us know in advance you if you would like to use captioning by emailing or call 020 7739 6176

free Post-Show Talks

Sat 23 Sep: Arts for Social Change
Join writer and director Matt Woodhead and the families whose stories feature in the play as they discuss the process, challenges and pitfalls of making Woodhill. 

Wed 27 Sept: IPP: In Protection of the Public
Join Co-Artistic Director of LUNG Helen Monks, Guardian Features writer Simon Hattenstone, Barrister specialising is actions against the state, with a focus on police forces and prisons Michael Etienne and Former Chief Inspectorate of Prisons Nick Hardwick to discuss indefinite sentences. Last year, there were nine self-inflicted deaths of prisoners serving IPP sentences. What has been the impact of this controversial piece of legislation?

Wed 4 Oct: Woodhill, What Now?
Join LUNG Co-Artistic Director Helen Monks and INQUEST (the only charity providing expertise on state related deaths) as they discuss the crisis unfolding in our prison system and what is to be done.

Groups: If you're a community group booking for 10 or more people, or if you're bringing school, college or university students, please download and complete the group booking form by clicking here. Please send completed forms to 


"...urgent and poignant... and won’t easily be forgotten"
Edinburgh Festivals Magazine


"Gripping political theatre"
The Reviews Hub


"An explosion of dance, physical theatre and verbatim testimony"
Everything Theatre


"primal and emotive"
The Stage

This season, we have introduced a new concession ticket: Local Resident. This ticket is valid for all Hackney Borough residents, and those living in the following postcodes in Tower Hamlets: E2 6, E2 7, E2 9, E1 5, E1 6.

Creative Team

Sami El-Enany Composer/Sound Designer
Sami is a British Egyptian composer based in London. Sami engages with the world in progressive ways, often negotiating the fringes of instrumental, electronic and field recording. Sami's work has been featured on the BBC, Channel 4 and the Guardian, and in spaces including the Barbican, National Theatre, the Tate and the ICA.

Alexzandra Sarmiento Choreographer
Alexzandra is a trailblazing performer/choreographer originally from NYC. Known for her association with the Drew McOnie Company and for her role as dance captain in the original London cast of Hamilton, Alexzandra most recently performed in ZooNation’s Message in a Bottle with choreography by Kate Prince.

Matt Woodhead Writer/Director
Matt is currently adapting his award winning play 'E15' for screen with Fable Pictures, The BBC and BFI. Matt's stage play 'Trojan Horse' won a Fringe First and The Amnesty International Freedom of Expression Award. All five of his plays are published by Bloomsbury. Matt trained on the National Theatre Studio Directors Course and as a Trainee Director at Leeds Playhouse.

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