At HMP Winchester BearFace Theatre CIC, funded by the National Lottery Community Fund and with support from Hampshire Cultural Trust, are continuing to deliver creative, active and participatory workshop programmes to positively affect prisoner’s attitudes, thinking and behaviour.
Each programme is bespoke and unique and based on the individual and collective stories, ideas, values and experiences of the group. The outcome is different each time and does not always result in a performance but at the end of the programme the men share their work with other prisoners, staff and an invited audience followed by a questions and answers session.
Programmes were delivered in the main prison for Spring and Summer 2019. During the Autumn 2019 BearFace worked with men from West Hill Resettlement Unit and presented,‘Stuck in the System’ a performance of poems/raps about their lived experience.
Feedback from ‘Stuck in the System’
“I have been given the opportunity to share and create with my peers and actually see the end product. Looking back on the journey it is empowering to see the impact each person had in making this production what it was.”
“This is the first time I have finished anything – I worked with my anxiety and found a way to work and contribute that was comfortable for me. I am important.”
Invited audience member:
“I cried! Also connected with a deeper understanding. Angry at how people get stuck in the system. “