A play by Devon Jackson in Kingston's original police lock-up cells.
ERNEST WATSON/Simon Gagnon
SARAH HAMILTON/Bridget Gilhooly
MATTHEW MCCORMACK/Kyle Holleran
ELIZABETH BURNS/Mariah Horner
SARAH CARR/Audrey Sturino
Time: Late 1800s.
Place: The City Lockup, City Hall, Kingston, Ontario, Canada.
The Lockup is a one-act piece of drama inspired by archival research about the prisoners of Kingston’s nineteenth-century city lockup cells. These cells were used to hold arrested prisoners on a short- term basis until they went to trial. The names of the characters in this play were all once-living patrons of the cells (save for Matthew McCormack, who is a conglomeration of names of Constables Matthew Campbell and Samuel McCormack). The characters in this play are all based on their real-life counterparts based on available primary-source documents. However, some artistic liberties have been taken due to the sparse nature of these documents. All said, any additional character traits are based on historical research of Kingston and the surrounding area at the time.