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Unchained Nights

Lady Unchained

Poetry and music by artists with lived experience of the criminal justice system and premiere of the Unchained film

Brenda (Lady Unchained) at an Unchained Nights event at Toynbee Studios. Photo by Greg Goodale

“My life ended and began with a prison sentence, those metal doors awoke the faith in me”

Lady Unchained

Join us for the return of Unchained Nights and the premiere the Unchained film, with live music from artists with lived experience of the criminal justice system and a preview of the work Lady Unchained has been doing with Theatre31 at HMP Cookham Wood. You can also listen back to Lady Unchained on BBC Radio Kent talking about this work (listen from 13:40).

“It’s easy to end up in prison. We are shown through shows and movies that tell us the stories of how people end to in prison. The gangs, the violence, the drugs and the money is a story we all know so well. I got tired of hearing and seeing the same old story when I became part of that sad truth. Unchained Nights tells a new story. A story of how we can turn a negative situation into a positive pathway for ourselves and others.”
– Lady Unchained

  • We are been working hard to make Toynbee Studios as safe as possible and are committed to an inclusive reopening. Read about the safety measures we have in place. 
  • We have reduced capacities to allow for social distancing.
  • We encourage mask wearing when moving in communal areas, unless exempt.

  • This event will be BSL interpreted
  • Toynbee Studios is accessible to wheelchair users
  • All of our toilets are gender neutral. Fully accessible toilets are located on the ground, first and third floors
  • Read more about Accessibility at Toynbee Studios

Date and time

18 November 2021
Doors open at 6.45pm
This event will be BSL interpreted


Tickets pay what you can £5/£8
Free tickets available if the price is a barrier for you, please email to request
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Toynbee Studios
28 Commercial Street
London, E1 6AB
Tel: 020 7247 5102
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