Voices Inside/Out

QSE in collaboration with Shakespeare Behind Bars presents Voices Inside/Out, a slate of six prisoner-authored plays about life on both sides of the barbed wire.

The voices of the incarcerated are rarely heard. Yet prison arts programs around the world have shown that giving prisoners the opportunity to express themselves creatively can be transformative to them, to their surroundings, and to how broader society perceives prisoners, crime, and punishment.

Voices Inside/Out provides a rare opportunity for a public glimpse into prison arts practice, through a collaboration between Shakespeare Behind Bars founder Curt Tofteland (subject of the award-winning 2008 documentary Shakespeare Behind Bars) and the Queensland Shakespeare Ensemble.

Voices Inside/Out will perform six short plays written by participants in the Voices Inside program in Kentucky. This play-writing program sees prisoners work peer-to-peer and under the mentorshop of professional theatre artists to craft 10-minute plays. Many of the plays are honoured in the Prison Pen Awards, including the Pen Award winner and runner up.

These plays will be performed by actors from the Queensland Shakespeare Ensemble, under the direction of Tofteland. The plays will be performed in several Southeast Queensland prisons.

Public Performances

  • Season: 14 - 16 May (Thu-Sat)
  • Venue: Geoffrey Rush Drama Studio, University of Queensland, Saint Lucia
  • Times: Evening shows at 7:30pm


  • Full: $20
  • Concession: $15 *

* Concessions are for full-time students, pensioners, health care card holders, MEAA card holders, 4ZZZ subscriber card holders, and Queensland Shakespeare Ensemble members

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Cast and Crew

  • Director: Curt Tofteland
  • Production Manager: Kylii Hobson
  • Stage Manager: Laura McKenna
  • Costume Designer: Emily Hogg
  • Assistant Production Manager: Sarah Fowkes

Cast: Austin Caffin, Anthea Patrick, Rob Pensalfini, Johancée Theron, Chris Vagg

How To Get There

Bus: Brisbane City Council buses stop at several locations on the university campus. The Studio is closest to the UQ Lakes bus station, which is serviced by BCC bus routes 29, 109, 139, 169, 192, and 209. Visit the TransLink website for more information.

Ferry: The Brisbane City Council's UQSL Citycat service stops at the University of Queensland ferry terminal on Sir William Macgregor Drive, approximately 400 metres' walk from the Studio. Visit the TransLink website for more information.

Car: The studio is best accessed by car via Sir Fred Schonell Drive - drive east to Campbell Road, then turn left onto Blair Drive, then right onto Union Road. Limited parking is available on the south end of Union Road near university buildings 21B and 22; more spaces are available on the lower floor of the UQ Centre, as well as at open-air spaces adjacent to the UQ Sport Aquatic Centre. Parking is metered until 9pm on weeknights, and is free on weekends. For more information on parking at UQ, visit the Parking at UQ website.