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A tribute to André Ptaszynski

All of us involved in Kestrel were deeply saddened by the sudden death in July of our friend, supporter and long-standing adviser André Ptaszynski. André was in love with theatre for as long as he could remember. As a child he used to head up to the West End...

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SOME RESOURCES DURING COVID-19

The next few months are going to be very difficult for all those we work with in the criminal justice system. More than ever they are going to need our support. If you are someone working on the front line in our prisons then please email us if you would like to sign...

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5 a side tournament at HMP Springhill – September 2019

It was a lovely September Sunday morning when the Kestrel football team arrived to take part in the first ever Spring Hill 5-a-side football tournament. Involving outside teams from partner organisations, plus teams of residents, this was a bold initiative by the...

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Playwriting Festival HMP Grendon – 19 July 2019

The play reading on Friday was an absolute triumph. In front of a packed audience of some 100 residents of HMP Grendon, 20 visitors and a dozen staff in Grendon’s conference centre, three superb actors (Jason York, Amaka Okafor, aand Jonathan McGuinness) – ably...

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GRENDON DRAMA FESTIVAL

It's week 2 of our playwriting workshops at HMP Grendon. Award winning playwright Simon Longman who worked with men form HMP Springhill to devise and perform their original play Broken Dreams at The Royal Court Theatre in London in 2017, is back this time next door in...

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DRAMA CLUB

Following the success of the Christmas panto at HMP Springhill, Kestrel are now running a weekly Drama Club. Actor Jason York runs the sessions and every week he is joined by a specialist in their field. We have been really lucky to have Kiell Smith Bynoe running...

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JACK A LAD IN THE BEANSTALK

Congratulations to all the cast and musicians for their amazing original pantomime Jack A lad in the Beanstalk. Great performances all round (Oh yes there were!) from the 11 strong cast and some unexpected new characters included a hilarious Bickering Beanstalk. This...

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STORIES FROM HMP GRENDON

STORYTELLING WITH PUPPETS AT HMP GRENDON These guys have been living in the library at HMP Grendon for the past month, as part of Kestrel Theatre Company’s storytelling with puppets project kindly supported by the wonderful Button Moon Trust. Six men from B, C and D...

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A CELEBRATION OF THE SPOKEN WORD

Wednesday 28 March 2018 Jokes, drama and heart felt political statements: A Celebration Of The Spoken Word had it all. A crowd of several dozen visitors mixed with Spinghill residents in the prison boardroom to hear the results of the second Kestrel Spoken Word...

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BROKEN DREAMS – THE PLAY

BROKEN DREAMS – THE PLAY

We are now in Week 4 of our second collaboration with HMP Springhill and The Royal Court Theatre, where men from HMP Springhill devise and perform their own play both to fellow residents from HMP Springhill and at The Royal Court Theatre in London. This year we have...

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