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Cell Outs
New Writing

Cell Outs

A dark comedy written and performed by two ex-prison officers

“Don’t you think it’s pretty f*cked that a lot of stuff we do in the prison, like if we were to do that in the street we’d get arrested straight off”

A dark comedy written and performed by two ex-prison officers, Cell Outs follows the true experiences of two young women, as they stare down the injustices of the UK prison system, and attempt to unpick the dangerous effects of power and privilege. Cell Outs is ‘an unflinching look into the pair’s anger and trauma’ (Medium, 5 stars), it uses song, silliness and ‘hilariously biting criticisms’ to explore the brutality of what Prison Officers face, prisoners endure, and the sacrifices we make to survive.

Content notice: 18+, contains references to suicide, PTSD, violence, serious self-harm, drug addiction, overdose. Contains depictions of: Islamophobia, sexual assault, sexism, racism and the experience of incarceration.

Health notice: This performance includes the use of flashing lights & loud noises.

All performances are captioned thanks to Digital 4.


Performed and written by Ella Church & Harriet Troup

Director Grace Church

Dramaturg Laura Asare

Producer Molly McGeachin

Set Designer Daisy Blower

Ticket Price

£12 - 18


3 - 14 May


King's Head Theatre



"A moving and insightful story" ★★★★ London Theatre 1 

"Church and Troup are chameleonic in their ability to rapidly shift between characters" ★★★★ The Reviews Hub

"It was like watching my life on stage, I want all my family and friends to go see it" Ex-Prison Officer


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