Sweet Charity is the story of Charity Hope Valentine, a hopelessly romantic but comically unfortunate dance hall hostess in New York City. After eight years in the business and determined to find love, Charity realises that she cannot meet respectable men in her job. However, her luck may change when she meets insurance actuary Oscar Lindquist, will she finally find true love at last?
Sweet Charity in Bronzefield Prison – with a cast of women prisoners
The cast of mainly inmates, taken from their normal regime, work full-time for five weeks with professionals to produce a show of the highest quality with a full orchestra. Charity is played by Laura Pitt-Pulford (Olivier Award Best Actress in a Musical nomination) and directed by Nikki Woollaston whose credits include The King And I, Gypsy in the West End.
Women make up 5% of the UK prison population.
The project is an opportunity for these women to cultivate a sense of meaning and understanding of their past behaviours and for their families to see them in a positive context; their families will play a key role in their rehabilitation.
“Changing even one life has made it all worthwhile – and changing one life can change the world” No 2 Governor, HMP High Down
Since 1991 Pimlico Opera have taken more than 50,000 members of the public into prison, and have worked with more than 1,000 prisoners. Over 10,000 prisoners have seen a show.