A TOURING exploring three violent crimes and the extraordinary decision by victims and offenders to meet years later comes to Oldham Coliseum tonight (Thursday, May 16).

The Listening Room, by Harriet Madeley, has enjoyed critically acclaimed runs at the Old Red Lion and Theatre Royal Stratford East in 2017 and is currently visiting theatres, prisons and schools across the country.

It examines the devastating consequences of the crimes alongside the humanity of the interviewees and the transformative impact of the meetings.

In an increasingly fractured and impersonal era, it's a production which uses live performance to explore the power of face to face communication.

The Listening Room has been created from interviews compiled over the course of 2016 conducted with victims and offenders who participated in restorative justice.

In 2016, the Office for National Statistics revealed that reoffending rates among young people were at their highest level for 10 years.

Restorative justice has been proven to reduce reoffending by as much as 27 per cent and reports have pointed to an 800 per cent return on investment for every pound spent.