Projects

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/

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.