Justice and humanity on trial in death row drama at Place

The play tells the story of two inmates awaiting their execution
The play tells the story of two inmates awaiting their execution

Dark comedy and big questions combine in a play coming to The Place in Bedford.

The Pendulum Swings is set on America’s Death Row and tells a story of two inmates awaiting their executions.

It contrasts the older, steadier nature of Frank with the tortured and desperate psyche of Michael. While examining the purpose of capital punishment, the play deals with Frank’s attempts to help Michael see that there is some value to being alive.

Writer and artistic director Anthony Lowery said: “The steady influx of crime and punishment documentaries, from ITV’s Inside Death Row with Trevor McDonald to Netflix’s more recent Making a Murderer, is evidence that people are very interested in the criminal justice system. What better way to show it to them than with all the immediacy that live theatre provides?

“The work is based on information collated from books, interviews and documentaries, this is an artistic representation of that which occurs on one of the most unforgiving places on Earth.”

“This is a deliberately paced dark comedy on Death Row with all the atmosphere, spaces and uncomfortable pauses in that world.”

The Pendulum Swings will be performed on Friday July 1 and Saturday July 2 at 7.30pm.

Tickets cost from £9.50. The play contains very strong language and sex references and is recommended for ages 16 and above.

Visit www.theplacebedford.org.uk or call 01234 354321 to book.