HMP 2 Hope is an applied theatre research project which aims to first demystify university level education, then promote the possibility of university education for incarcerated men. The ethos behind the project shares its rationale with critical education practices (after Paulo Freire) and a philosophy of immanence over a philosophy of moral judgement (after Gilles Deleuze). HMP 2 Hope is inspired by much of the theatre in prisons projects that have run over the decades up and down the country (and internationally) and offers a modest contribution to knowledge by way of prisoner- led publications, academic essays and invited guest seminars for the men in HMPs in the UK