The Drama and the Joy

Director: Jim Cahill

Ireland. 2005. 48mins

Earlier this year, Mountjoy Prison’s Drama Project stages a production of Martin Mc Donagh’s violent black comedy The Lonesome West in the prison complex over four days in April. Jim Cahill’s documentary follows the production from the first audition, through casting and rehearsal, culminating with the prisoner’s first public performance. The documentary captures the strong reaction of the actors to this play–a drama that allows the prisoners to explore their own creativity and rare self-evaluation. The film charts the rise and fall of the groups’ enthusiasm as the opening night draws close, drawing the actors into direct opposition with prison rules. The players will be in attendance.

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