Pardon/In Cuffs


Produced by

Theatre Royal Plymouth, SKaGeN, Richard Jordan Productions and Big in Belgium

Written by

Valentijn Dhaenens


Much is at stake for those who have been caught in the act. It can go one of two ways: jail or freedom. Pardon / In Cuffs, the new play from Valentijn Dhaenens and the producers of BigMouth and SmallWaR, comes to the Theatre Royal Plymouth for only three performances prior to its UK premiere at the Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh.

Inspired by the documentaries of Magnum photographer Raymond Depardon, Pardon / In Cuffs reveals the complex relationship between a culprit and the justice system. Showing two opposite ends of the system, a lying, cheating criminal and a prosecutor representing society, it is the fight for the truth.


Theatre Royal Plymouth
Thursday 30th July – Saturday 1st August 2015

Traverse Theatre
Thursday 6th August – Sunday 30th August 2015


"Sharply observed, darkly comic verbatim trawl through the police interview room"
The Stage

"This verbatim piece about prosecutors and defendants makes important points about the criminal justice system, but it’s an uncomfortable theatre experience"
The Guardian

"Brilliantly performed…"
The Scotsman

"Unusual but always intriguing."
British Theatre Guide

"A series of playful snapshots of those vital moments between crime and punishment that tell a million stories."
Plymouth Herald


Clara van den Broek
Korneel Hamers
Valentijn Dhaenens

Valentijn Dhaenens

Production Assistant
Bob Cornet

Jeroen Wuyts

General Manager
Saskia Liénard  

Costume Designer
Barbara De Laere

Image credit: David Van Mieghem