STUDENTS are teaming up with Hampshire prisoners to stage a play about a penal colony.

Aspiring thespians from the University of Winchester are helping inmates at the city’s prison performing Our Country’s Good on Tuesday, April 30.

The play by Timberlake Wertenbaker is based on a true story about convicts in a penal colony in New South Wales, Australia, in the 1780s.

Project manager and producer Annie McKean, from the faculty of arts at the University of Winchester, said: “This play resonates so effectively with the contemporary context of staging plays in prisons.”