The Panopticon – Awardees Collaborate on Production for The National Theatre of Scotland

The show is adapted by Jenni Fagan from her award-winning novel and directed by Debbie Hannan.

Two Dewar Arts Awardees have collaborated on a new stage production of The Panopticon.

Awardee Jenni Fagan adapted The Panopticon from her award-winning novel to an ambitious stage play for performance by the National Theatre of Scotland. Featuring a fifteen-year old protagonist, the show is set in a young offenders’ institution and is ‘a visceral, bloody and brutal testament to life and friendship’.

Jenni Fagan was the recipient of a Dewar Arts Award in 2007. This supported her studies in creative writing at Norwich School of Art & Design, and later at Greenwich University.  She graduated with a first class degree and went on to study an MA at Royal Holloway, taught by Andrew Motion.  Read more in her Awardee Profile.

Director Debbie Hannon received a Dewar Arts Award in 2010.  This supported her in completing an MA in Directing at what was then the RSAMD in Glasgow (now the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland). Read more in her Awardee Profile.

The production has been widely acclaimed for its ambition, bravery and delivery.

Find out more about The Panopticon on the website of the National Theatre of Scotland.

Suitable for audiences age 16+.


The Telegraph – ‘an admirable boldness and ambition’

The Guardian – ‘Jenni Fagan’s faithful adaptation of her own excellent novel’ ****

The Stage – ‘Debbie Hannon’s production features strong performances throughout’ ****

Director Debbie Hannan introduces a behind-the-scenes preview of The Panopticon in Rehearsal

Audioflyer for The Panopticon