Tracy Chevalier, Moses Adeyemi, Jason Watkins
Writer Tracy Chevalier, fitness trainer and charity worker Moses Adeyemi and actor Jason Watkins join Libby Purves for live, late-night conversation.
Writer Tracy Chevalier; fitness trainer and charity worker Moses Adeyemi and actor Jason Watkins join Libby Purves for live, late night conversation.
Tracy Chevalier is a writer, best known for her novel Girl with a Pearl Earring. As part of her research for her novel, The Last Runway, she took up quilting which led her to the work of the charity Fine Cell Work. Fine Cell Work trains prisoners to do high-quality needlework in the long hours spent in their cells and Tracy commissioned a group of inmates to make a quilt for the show she curated called What We do in Bed. Called the Sleep Quilt, it is entirely stitched and quilted by prisoners in some of Britain's toughest jails. Each of the 63 squares explores what sleep means in prison. For some sleep is a moment of escape for others it means a time of anxious thoughts and a restless night. The story of the quilt is told in the book the Sleep Quilt by Tracy Chevalier and Fine Cell Work, published by Pallas Athene Books.
Moses Adeyemi is a fitness trainer who set up the Silver Line Project which helps vulnerable people cope with their problems through a programme of personal training and coaching. Beneficiaries of the project include people with mental health issues and those in the process of criminal rehabilitation. Moses himself spent time in prison before turning his back on his criminal past and turning his life around. When he was on the wrong side of the law, night time was when he conducted his criminal activities and, during a spell of homelessness, was also when he felt most alone. In 2016 he won SAS: Who Dares Wins, a gruelling reality show in which contestants undergo a training bootcamp process similar to the one used by the British Army's Special Air Service.
Jason Watkins is an actor who is currently playing Ralph in the play Frozen. a psychological thriller about a mother whose child goes missing. He is best known for his performance in the title role in the drama The Lost Honour of Christopher Jefferies, for which he won Best Actor at the 2015 BAFTA Television Awards. He also played Gavin Strong in the comedy series Trollied, and Simon Harwood in the BBC comedy W1A. Frozen is at the Theatre Royal Haymarket until May 5th.
Producer: Paula McGinley.