Prison Without Bars

by  Peggy Barwell

Full Length Play, Drama  /  2m, 14f

Peggy Barwell's acclaimed play which was adapted for televison by the BBC in 1939.

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Prison Without Bars

by  Peggy Barwell

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    2m, 14f
  • Duration


    120 minutes (2 hours)
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  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult
    • Teen (Age 14 - 18)

Additional Info

Following the suicide of a student at a Reformatory School for Girls on the outskirts of Paris, the cruel Principal Mme. Appell is replaced by the kindly and modern-thinking Yvonne Ducroix. She tries to reform the girls by treatment of their individual neuroses rather than the heavy discipline of her predecessor against opposition from some of the other staff. Romance blooms between Yvonne and the school's medical attendant, Dr Jean Marechal, who implores her to resign and come with him to Lyons where he has been offered a new position. However, her methods are working and fearful that if she leaves the old regime will supplant all she has achieved; she is faced with the choice between her own feelings and the duty she feels to the girls. 
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Performing Groups

  • College Theatre / Student
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  • Professional Theatre

License details

  • Minimum Fee: £55 per performance plus VAT when applicable.



  • Time Period: 1930s
  • Duration: 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • Setting: Various rooms in a Reformatory School for Girls just outside Paris in the late 1930s.
  • Features / Contains: Period Costumes


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Cast Attributes

  • Ensemble cast
  • Room for Extras



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