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.