Projects

November – December 2017 – Broken Dreams – When Life Gives You a Fish

5 week devising project with 9 men from HMP Springhill exploring the challenges of parenthood, grief and loss and the human consequences of the Grenfell disaster. We collaborated with The Royal Court Theatre and a young writer to produce the 30 minute drama which was performed to residents and staff at HMP Springhill as well as to an invited audience at The Royal Court Theatre in London.

You can read Kestrel Graduate Nathanial Jacob’s review of the show and an update of what he is up to since leaving prison in the January edition of Inside Time here: https://insidetime.org/not-so-broken-dreams/

2017 – The 360° Man

Created by residents at HMP Springhill

Three week film project working with six prisoners to adapt Blood & Water, their play about fatherhood, into a screen play. The men had master classes from industry professionals, enabling them to adapt, write and star in a short film of their own making. Another 15 prisoners produced original music and performed as extras. This was a huge success and was screened to the prison community and an invited audience at Springhill in June 2017.

2015 – Sky Fall

Created by residents at HMP Springhill

Four week devising project working with twelve men to write and perform a half hour play exploring the effects of the legal high Spice on a West London estate. Performed to staff and residents at the prison.

2016 – Living in an Enabled Environment

Created by residents from HMYOI Aylesbury

Three week devising project working with ten young men to create, structure and star in a docudrama about what living in an Enabling Environment means to them. They also wrote and recorded the original music. The DVD of the film is being used across the prison system.

2015 – No Going Back

Created by residents at HMYOI Aylesbury

Ten day film project working with six young men to create an original drama exploring the experience of coming to jail for the first time. The DVD of their film is being used as an introduction film to each new inmate entering HMYOI Aylesbury.

2015 – A Guide to living in HMP Grendon

HMP Grendon LeafletA brochure produced by residents for residents

Working with men from across the wing communities, and a professional photographer and designer, to produce a series of interviews which were collated into a booklet about what they felt were the important elements to living in a therapeutic prison. This has been used throughout the prison system.

You can read the brochure here.

 

 

2014 – A Second Chance

Created by residents at HMP Grendon

Film project working with Psychodramatist Alun Mountford, and ten residents to devise a non scripted film about one man’s journey through therapy at HMP Grendon. This is used to explain to new arrivals how therapy might work.

2013 – Opportunity Knocks

A documentary created by residents at HMP Grendon

Working with residents from across the wing communities to produce a half hour documentary, about living in HMP Grendon. This is shown as an induction film to all those arriving in Grendon and those considering applying here.