Istanbul airport, 1970.
For Billy Hayes, waiting to board the plane that will take him home to America, a living nightmare is about to begin. With 4lbs of hashish stowed in his bag, the prospect of being caught it too horrific to imagine - until it happens. Billy is arrested for drug smuggling, tried, and sentenced to thirty years in a Turkish Prison.
This is the astounding true story, of five shockingly brutal years spent in incarceration; of the fear, degradation and desperation that eventually prompted a daring escape bid. The ballet concentrates of Billy's relationships with his fellow inmates and the cruel conditions they were held in.
A ballet in two acts, based on the true story of Bllly Hayes, choreographed by Peter Schaufuss & Set/Lighting Design by Steven Scott.
Midnight Express is performed to a specially conceived and mastered sound track.