BEHIND BARS: Ghosts of the Lock-Up
A theatrical journey through Birmingham's historical Victorian central lock-up in Steelhouse Lane on July 12, 13, 20, 21 (various times).
Since 1892 tens of thousands of people have passed through Birmingham’s central lock-up on their way to court, incarceration or even the noose. What brought them to this desperate point in their lives? And what memories have they left behind? Following an acclaimed sell-out run last year, eight of the region’s leading writers will resurrect the ghosts of the Lock-Up’s past, summoning them back to the cells, stairways and corridors where they once walked. Being incarcerated with the Lock-Up’s ghosts proved so popular last time around that they are now back for twelve more shows.
As you move around the building you’ll meet robbers and drunkards, prostitutes and murderers, as well as the policemen and pioneering policewomen who held the keys. "Sent shivers down my spine several times. Loved it!" "Absolutely brilliant! An amazing use of such an interesting building." "Brought the conditions and the people - both officials and 'customers' - back to life. Wonderful." Duration approximately 1 hour with time to look around the building after.
Not suitable for children under the age of 12.
Please be advised the Lock-Up is an old building and is not suitable for visitors with mobility issues. Flat shoes are advised and no short skirts . Pictures may be taken during the shows for publicity purposes. There will be some chairs in each area but the show mainly consists of standing for short performances and moving around the building.