Intra Muros, written by Alexis Michalik and directed by Ché Walker is at Park Theatre until 4th May 2019.
Ageing thespian Richard is preparing to direct his first theatre class in a maximum security prison, assisted by his former-actress ex-wife Jane and an inexperienced social worker called Alice. When only two inmates turn up he decides to go ahead with the class nonetheless – and so begins a captivating and darkly comic exploration of life, within the walls.
Summer Strallen chats about Intra Muros
Q: Away from musical theatre – what has drawn you to this play?
Summer: I have always wanted to do more plays. Musical Theatre is a very different skill just as television and film are too and life is about learning.
Q: What were your first impressions when seeing the script of Intra Muros?
Summer: I wanted to be involved because upon reading the script I felt a huge amount of compassion for all the characters and I always think if we can spread more love around through the medium of acting then I’m all in!
I also enjoy the haphazard nature [of Alexis Michalik’s script], bringing comedy and tragedy so close together. Characters are supposed to be happy but they are also meant to suffer so a message can be conveyed.
Q: What thoughts on working with director Ché Walker?
Summer: In a nutshell, I’m in love with him! We had such fun and that is what it should be in any work environment. One should feel able to be honest, open, safe and supported when creating theatre and that is exactly how I felt.
Q: Can you tell us about your character, Alice? (and any other roles?)
Summer: Alice is relatively new to the job of a social worker who organises a theatre workshop for prisoners. Alice is young and enthusiastic but has had a strange upbringing whereupon she feels there are secrets about her that she has not been privy too. The other characters I play are mostly prison personnel.
Q: What is at the heart of Intra Muros?
Summer: The piece is a reflection on what life is like in prison for both the people incarcerated and the people on the outside. At the heart, we try to help people understand how acting is a part of every human beings life in some shape or form.
Q: Why should everyone get along to see Intra Muros?
Summer: This play is not only funny and tragic it is also thought-provoking and in a world of control, the only freedom we have is in our thoughts. If you choose to think, make sure your thoughts are meaningful!
RICHARD – CHÉ WALKER
ALICE – SUMMER STRALLEN
ANGEL – VICTOR GARDENER
JANE – EMMA PALLANT
KEVIN – DECLAN PERRING
DJ – RIO KAI
WRITER – ALEXIS MICHALIK
DIRECTOR – CHÉ WALKER
TRANSLATOR – PAMELA HARGREAVES
LIGHTING DESIGNER – DAVID HOWE
DESIGNER – PJ MCEVOY
Adam Blanshay Productions in association with Park Theatre present the UK Premiere of
By Alexis Michalik
Directed by ChÚ Walker
Translation by Pamela Hargreaves
Booking to 4th May 2019