Original Drama (Theatre)

August 2018 – Broken Dreams 2

A five week theatre project with eight men from HMP Springhill. Invited back to perform Broken Dreams, a play devised at Springhill with playwright Simon Longman in 2017, the men rehearsed for three weeks in Bicester. Supported by Chiltern Railways, they then headed by train to London’s West End for seven performances on the stage of Jerwood Theatre Upstairs at the Royal Court Theatre in Sloane Square.
You can read testimonals about the work HERE.

You can read the article about the process written for The Stage newspaper by our Artistic Director Arabella Warner HERE.

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/

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.