A PRISON ADAPTATION OF MACBETH

MICKEY B

Mickey B is our first feature film and a world first – we were the first people ever to make a feature film within a maximum security jail, with serving prisoners as cast. The result was Mickey B, a modern adaptation of Shakespeare’s Macbeth, capturing the themes of ambition, betrayal, murder and revenge – themes that one prisoner said “are played out every day in here”.

The film was shot in HMP Maghaberry with prisoners taking on acting, set building, continuity, and helping with sound, production – even make up.

Mickey B was also the basis for an in-depth educational resource called Unlocking Shakespeare, funded by the Arts Council of NI. The resource is designed to engage young people in creative learning, especially those who are switched off from education and learning. It is designed to meet the requirements of the Northern Irish CCEA Drama KS3 Learning Outcomes but is also relevant to other curricula including English and Media Studies.

You can buy a DVD copy, with behind the scenes documentary and additional features, in our store.

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“Stunning Shakespeare forged from the scrapheap of society.”

- Michael Bogdanov

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“You have helped prisoners be better citizens, transforming themselves and society around them.”

- Augusto Boal (Nobel Prize Nominee 2008)

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“A strong and imaginatively conceived film... the actors are remarkable and the Northern Irish voices are very powerful.”

- Ken Loach

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“Wow, I am impressed... ambitious and difficult in all the right ways and for all the right reasons.”

- Larry Turman (Producer, The Graduate)

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“Ground breaking work... gritty, imaginative, with a real visceral kick.”

- Peter Sheridan

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“A powerful, intriguing piece of drama.”

- Linda Smith, Director, Culture Show, BBC Two

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“An important work that speaks eloquently.”

- Kenneth Branagh

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“It was chilling... fantastic work. It makes you think again about Shakespeare.”

- Stephen Rea

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2007

Jennifer Marquis-Muradaz

Tom Magill

Tom Magill, Sam McClean, Jason Thompson

Angus Mitchell

Dean Hagan

Simon Wood

AWARDS

Mickey B was the winner of the prestigious Roger Graef Award for Outstanding Achievement in Film at the 2008 National Arthur Koestler awards for Arts in Prisons. It has since been translated into seven languages and has toured worldwide.

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