|I went to see the play and did not feel 'manipulated or used'. The play is unashamed in giving a voice to the prisoners who led the uprising and for that should be aplauded. It was clear from the play what the issues were that initiated the protest in the chapel and it was clear how the media deliberately lied to attempt to discredit the prisoners on the roof. Your reviewer does the play a diservice and clearly has his own agenda. All in all a highly reccomended play. - Bob||03 May 10|
|-||as an addendum; if the play had been about the French Revolution would the central characters have been the soldiers of Louis XV1 or Robespierre, Marat, Charlotte Corday and the Sans Culottes etc? Irrespective of their politics and the nature of their methods they were the central characters and had more to say than the soldiers who were paid to maintain the status quo... - Mo Riaz||02 May 10|
|as an addendum; if the play had been about the French Revolution would the central characters have been the soldiers of Louis XV1 or Robespierre, Marat, Charlotte Corday and the Sans Culottes etc? Irrespective of their politics and the nature of their methods they were the central characters and had more to say than the soldiers who were paid to maintain the status quo... - Mo Riaz||02 May 10|
|I am Sean Cernow, not only do I play Tony Bush in the production but I have also been the recipient of a totally jumped up assault charge which resulted in me being sentenced to two years at Her Maj's Pleasure. I think that you would do well to take into account the FACT that this play is a 'con's' point of view. Had it been a Prison Officer's Point of View, solely to hide the hate and racism still in the walls of the now renamed Manchester Prison, you sir, might have understood that the only people who could tell this story were the cons. I'm very iontersted to find out what you would have been party to print at the time of the riots. You say that the show is one sided, it is NOT. It takes into account the fear the screws were put through, a very small minor compared to over 100 years of unsound hangings, unsound prison sentences and miscarriages of justice that have been swept under the carpet by news papers such as the Daily Torygraph. Did you even listen to David Bowen's sentence, 13 years for being in a remand wing. I am very disappointed that a man of your so called intelligence has come to the theatre and insulted the story you watched. I suggest you stick to the RSC sunshine. - Sean Cernow.||01 May 10|
|So,the play would have been a towering success if the central characters had been ignored, or if their crimes had been highlighted as the press had done at the time?
"There is not a single character in the play with any redeeming qualities", even though there were a few who had been on remand and not convicted of any offence at the time? We can stand on our high moral pedestals because we are not the "enemy within".
This is a shockingly vapid and one sided review and would do credit to the Daily Mail.
The outcome of the Woolf Report vindicates the actions of the rioters, and the performances of the cast made me feel a sense of liberation in the face of the daily indignities of oppression, I nearly jumped out of my seat and joined them on the roof! - Mo Riaz||01 May 10|
|Massively disagree. All other media/accounts 'manipulate' the other way. Crying in the Chapel, like the book some of it was based on (Strangeways 1990 - a serious disturbance), just redress the balance the other way - Fay||30 Apr 10|
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