DOI: 10.5040/9781408169087.00000005
Scenes: 18. Roles: Male (12) , Female (5) , Neutral (0)

Edward Bond's Olly’s Prison is a hard and painful vision of a selfish and disconnected society from which is it impossible to escape.

An ordinary city flat. Evening. A man, Mike, tries to talk to his daughter, tries to get her to drink the cup of tea he has made. She will not answer, or drink it, or even move. And suddenly their world turns to tragedy. Many of the scenes are set in prison, as Mike is incarcerated for his crime, but it seems the greater and more profound prison is outside. While incarcerated, Mike is denied suicide; when released, he is denied freedom. Written in Bond’s harsh, powerful style, Olly’s Prison is a bleak condemnation of society’s helpless inhumanity.

Olly’s Prison was first broadcast by BBC TV in 1993, and has been adapted for the stage.