The Panopticon

World premiere | National Theatre of Scotland By Jenni Fagan
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A whip-smart counterculture outlaw, a bohemian philosopher in sailor shorts.

Fifteen-year-old Anais Hendricks is smart, funny and fierce. She has also been let down by about every adult she has never met. Sitting in the back of a police car she is taken to the Panopticon, a young offender institution.

Inside the circular, controlling Panopticon, the residents develop intense bonds. All have experienced the failings of the care system; Anais refuses to be defined by it.

Brought for the first time to the stage, The Panopticon is a visceral, bloody and brutal testament to life and friendship. We have a new kind of heroine for the 21st century.

Image: Mihaela Boldovic


  • WriterJenni Fagan
  • DirectorDebbie Hannan
  • Associate DirectorFiona Mackinnon
  • DesignerMax Johns
  • Video DesignerLewis den Hertog
  • Sound Designer/ComposerMark Melville
  • Lighting DesignerSimon Wilkinson
  • Movement DirectorSkye Reynolds
  • Fight DirectorEmmaClaire Brightlyn
  • CastMartin Donaghy, Kyle Gardiner, Lawrence Hodgson-Mullings, Kay McAllister, Louise McMenemy, Laura Lovemore, Anna Russell Martin, Paul Tinto, Gail Watson

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