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Title: PRISONERS, the

Reference number: 11323

Date: 1982, November

Sound: sound

Colour: bw

Fiction: fiction

Running time: 33.11 mins

Description: A recording of The Prisoners performed by The Scottish Ballet at Dundee Rep in November 1982. The Prisoners was choreographed by Peter Darrell in 1957 for Western Theatre Ballet.

'Two convicts escape from prison, one to his death, the other to life enslavement to his friend's wife.' (

Note: This record represents the U-Matic recording, likely to be the original. A duplicate recording on VHS tape is also preserved at the National Library of Scotland Moving Image Archive. Though the VHS is better quality, the U-Matic is slightly longer running time and retains opening and curtain call.

The Scottish Theatre Archive holds material relating to this production, including:
The Prisoners. Programme. Call number: STA SB 11/30b
The Prisoners. 1981 Autumn. Leaflet. Call number: STA SB 11/28b

Please note this is a copy of the raw capture of the original analogue video for preservation and as such may display defects such as dropout, washed out colour and sound fluctuation.

Credits: Choreography: Peter Darrell
Composer: Bela Bartok (Music for Strings, Percussion and Celeste)
Designer: Nicholas Ullyott
Lighting: Grahame Gardner

Cast: Christopher Long, Paul Tyers, Sally Collard-Gentle

Shotlist: Performance: 00.18-31.24
Curtain call: 31.34-32.36