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Theatre is a tool to free the imagination for people of all ages and backgrounds. It is especially vital for prisoners, confined in a closed environment with a severely limited range of experiences in their daily lives. Theatre touches parts of the heart and mind that need awakening if people are to expand their lives both within prison walls and when they get out. It is a key to change. Roger Graef – patron of Kestrel Theatre Company

OUR MISSION

Kestrel employs professionals to work creatively within the criminal justice system, facilitating original pieces of work, mostly theatre and film. By empowering offenders to express themselves in a non judgmental, collaborative and enabling environment, our aim is to help them develop greater self confidence, mutual respect, and resilience. And by realising their creative potential, help them produce work of the highest standard.

The original cast from Broken Dreams on the set at the Royal Court Theatre in December 2017.

NEWS

A tribute to André Ptaszynski

Andre at fundraiser

André with his wife and fellow board member Judith, talking to Kestrel alumnus Nathanial at last year’s fundraiser at Regent’s Park.

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.

You can read our tribute to André here.

Flown in via The Kestrel Pub

We have sending Playwriting and Drama Club resources to prisons around the country and were thrilled to receive some writing from a man in HMP Altcourse in Liverpool via The Kestrel pub (see picture). Thank you so much James for sending it on.

Rise and Bloom

Some happy faces after we were thrilled to sponsor a delivery of brownies to HMP Springhill staff from the wonderful Rise and Bloom. You can find them on Instagram  @rise_bloom_

Drama Club in HMP Springhill

After a successful run of 10 Tuesday evening drama workshops led by two professional actors, in the spring of 2019, we extended The Drama Club by another 10 weeks. There were two well-attended sharings of the work for outside guests and residents. This project was kindly supported by Chiltern Railways.

Jack: A Lad In The Beanstalk – December 2018

Senior Officer Jo Major tending to BACO mascots Mavis and Mabel. The miniature donkeys were there to welcome children to the Springhill Christmas pantomime Jack-a-lad-in-the-beanstalk

Devised and written by 15 men from HMP Springhill, there were five performances to over 300 residents, staff and families. This was our first collaboration with the brilliant Irene Taylor Trust who worked with the men to compose original songs and perform them live.

Listen to the songs here.
Read the feedback here.

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On Form

Thank you so much to Rosie Pearson and the wonderful team from on form sculpture exhibition at Asthall Manor for allowing us space in the pretty 12th century church of St Nicholas to raise awareness of what Kestrel does. Kestrel Alumni and Ambassador Nathanial Jacobs came to read poetry and explain how the projects he did with us helped him get work behind the scenes in the film and TV and film industry and as a professional actor.
Read Kestrel Graduate Nathanial Jacob’s review in Inside Times.
Click here to read the testimonials.

Koestler Bronze Award

Congratulations to the men from HMP Springhill for winning a Koestler Bronze award for their spoken word collection about friendship, Shoulder to Shoulder. Well deserved.

Puppets pay a visit to HMP Grendon

In March and April puppeteer Marcus Clarke worked with men from HMP Grendon to record Story DVDs for their children. Thank you so much to the wonderful Button Moon Trust for making this possible. Read what the men said about the project here.

A Celebration of Spoken Word

Wednesday 28 March saw the culmination of our spoken word workshops in HMP Springhill, with participating men reading short stories, and performing their set piece, Waiting (Waiting). They were joined by two Kestrel alumni, who performed their poems. You can listen to Ricardo’s poem written especially for the occasion here:

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A World Without Charity

Simon Shepherd from The Butler Trust was also in the audience to present our Artistic Director Arabella Warner with her Butler Trust certificate. You can read about the event in our blog.