When Ribcaged - a Lancashire theatre company with a social conscience - decided to run a series of plays on the theme of criminal justice - even it could not have realised how relevant its offerings would be.
Tonight sees the premiere of Dramatic Change, a true to life drama about the choices convicted criminals have to make about their lives and the way ahead.
The production at Clitheroe’s Grand Theatre shines a spotlight on how lives can be transformed and will be a tale of redemption and hope as well as sadness and uncertainty.
When director Owen Phillips embarked on the project, which has been part funded by the county’s Probation Trust, he wanted to provide an insight into the help that he’s convinced can turn around people’s lives.
But then came the Government announcement that the probation service itself - which Owen currently works part-time in - is in for a major shake-up with the privatisation of many posts.
It adds an even more timely relevance to the drama which starts at 7.30pm.
Owen, originally from Ribchester, but whose home is now in Clitheroe, said: “Mostly I feel it’s so imnportant people know what goes on. Truth is really stranger than fiction. I hope the play really changes people’s attitudes. I don’t expect everyone to agree with everything we say, but I want there to be a debate.
“The question is how do we prevent more victims and my answer to that and the play’s answer is that we’ve got to work with people.”
For more information about the theatre company see www.ribcaged.org To book tickets for tonight’s show, which is not suitable for under 12s, call 01200 421599.
Tickets cost £12 for adults and £6.00 for concessions.