Production History

Release was created through a two year process of research and interviews with ex-offenders, probation officers, criminologists and hostel managers, as well as site visits to hostels, prisons and probation offices.

The project had development support from the South Hill Park Arts Centre, the Brook Theatre Chatham (where Icon Theatre are a resident company), the Toynbee Studios, an R&D award from Arts Council England South East and a work-in-progress showing at the Young Vic.

The production premiered at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2011 at the Pleasance Dome, where it won a Fringe First Award, and was shortlisted for the Amnesty Freedom of Expression Award and the Brighton Festival Fringe Emerging Talent Award.

The 2012 tour is supported by Arts Council England South East.