Do not pass Go, do not collect £200. This new performance art project at The Library of Birmingham offers insight into an always controversial, often misunderstood, world. This month, you can experience a taste of what’s it like to be ‘inside’ in Britain in 2016, with only your thoughts to distract you from four concrete walls, two bunk beds, a metal toilet and a sink. The brainchild of arts organisation Rideout, Go To Jail aims to challenge people’s perception of this country’s justice system. With over 85,000 people, mostly men, banged up in Britain today, can our Victorian infrastructure, outsourcing of security contracts and penal education system cope? You’ll have more of an idea by looking around an authentic cell mock-up, but Go To Jail lets you interact with performers, too, each with past experiences of prison themselves. After all, each prison is a collection of lives, human stories which have somehow ‘gone wrong’. Once you’ve spoken to the ‘cons’, you can vote on sentences and amenities. Should cells have TVs? Wifi? Books? Never mind early releases; you may find Go To Jail makes your own mind that bit more open.

Tue 1 Mar – Sat 12 Mar, Level 3 Library of Birmingham, Centenary Square,Broad Street, Birmingham, B1 2ND. Tel: 0121 242 4242 Tue – Sat 11am – 4pm FREE

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Tue 1 Mar - Sat 12 Mar
Emma Whitney
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Tue 8 Mar 2016