The real "Midnight Express" Billy Hayes / by Travis W Keyes

First he wrote the best-selling book, then came the Oscar winning movie. Now Billy Hayes recounts his riveting, epic journey of self-discovery, live on stage. It’s a cautionary, yet uplifting tale of desperation, determination and transformation. In 1970 Billy Hayes was arrested at Istanbul Airport with two kilos of hashish taped to his body. Five years later, he made a brazen escape from prison, rowing 17 miles across a stormy sea in the dead of night. "I’m concentrating on keeping the rhythm, stroking the oars and when I look up I realize I’m past the last of the boats, out of the harbor into the open sea and I’m free!" Billy Hayes

First he wrote the best-selling book, then came the Oscar winning movie. Now Billy Hayes recounts his riveting, epic journey of self-discovery, live on stage. It’s a cautionary, yet uplifting tale of desperation, determination and transformation. In 1970 Billy Hayes was arrested at Istanbul Airport with two kilos of hashish taped to his body. Five years later, he made a brazen escape from prison, rowing 17 miles across a stormy sea in the dead of night.

"I’m concentrating on keeping the rhythm, stroking the oars and when I look up I realize I’m past the last of the boats, out of the harbor into the open sea and I’m free!" Billy Hayes