by Ashleigh Nugent

A book and one-man show about a mixed-race English boy in a Jamaican prison. Based on a true story.


It’s 1993. Aeon, a teenager from a leafy English suburb, is in prison. In Jamaica. He wanted adventure, experience, and a way to live up to the label of ‘black lad’. Now he has been stabbed, mugged, and beaten unconscious. He has been arrested and watched his friends drown. And he has to accept the fact that here, in Jamaican prison, he is the ‘white boy’.

Locks, the novel, won the 2013 Commonword Memoir competition and was part published in Writing on the Wall’s 2014 Pulp Idol Firsts. Locks was part published in Bido Lito magazine in September 2019 - Issue 103.

Locks, the show, won a bursary from Live Theatre in Newcastle and debuted there in March 2019 to rave audience reviews.

“Incredible. Get this show to EVERYONE.”
“It just makes everyone feel so alive.”
“Brilliant, powerful storytelling . . . took us all on a journey.”

In September 2019, Ashleigh performed the show at Unity Theatre, Liverpool at the launch of Blackfest.

Locks’ producer, Saphena Aziz, is currently in talks with some very exciting people and venues regarding the Locks tour. Stay connected to be the first to hear the news.

'Locks' by Ashleigh Nugent

"1993 was the year that Stephen Lawrence got murdered by racists, and I became an angry Black lad with a ‘chip on his shoulder’."

27 years later, has anything changed?

By the time he was sixteen, Ashleigh Nugent, author of LOCKS, had been arrested three times. Each incident was a case racial profiling on the part of the police. Growing up as a mixed-race boy in a leafy village on the outskirts of Liverpool in the 1980s, Ashleigh faced racism on a regular basis. It was this that took him to Jamaica.

Winner of the CommonWord
Memoir Competition

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