Forthcoming Projects

Andy Watson

So many projects happening over the next couple of weeks, including: 

  • a performance for Staffordshire and West Midlands Probation Trust, at the mac in Birmingham. Commissioned to explore a historical perspective on the role of Probation and provide an opportunity for staff, partners and stakeholders to look forward.

  • a training event for Family Law Judges around dealing with vulnerable witnesses

  • the second of our joint training events delivered with the Arts Alliance sharing some of the practice from the recent Write to be Heard creative writing in prisons project. The event in London this week was well received, with one participant tweeting "Fantastic day - learnt loads."

  • a conference performance for CAFCASS

  • another residency with our friends Brathay Trust, combining outdoor activity and theatre when working with Looked After Children

  • the continuation of a creative project on the drug recovery unit at HMP Hewell

  • a day-long session for students of Applied and Community Theatre at Leeds University

  • a creative consultation with staff and students at The Retreat, a specialist mental health care provider for people with complex and challenging needs.

  • the continuation of our project Forward, working in partnership with Anawim Women's Centre

  • a session for women on orders with Wolverhampton Probation. 

  • oh yes - and the small matter of an Arts Council NPO application!

And in other news... we realise it must be dissertation time for a lot of students from the number of requests to answer questions we are receiving in our inbox. Please don't forget there are some really valuable resources available to aid your research, including: 

  • The Arts Alliance Evidence Library - a searchable database with over 80 evaluation reports on arts in CJS
  • Our very own FAQ section of this website

Geese down under

Keshena Bowie

Andy and Lou from Geese have been in Brisbane, Australia for a couple of weeks at the invitation of Griffith University's Applied Theatre Research Centre.  They started their trip by delivering a training course exploring arts and criminal justice, followed by a three and a half day course for applied theatre students.  The trip will be rounded off with a performance of our domestic abuse play Stay plus a demo and an address at the Creative Innovations in Corrections conference, hosted by the University.

The visit has even made it in to the Australian Corrections News Brief

Although working very hard, Andy and Lou have had opportunity to meet with some friends and ex-colleagues and to view some of the beautiful sites in the local area.  We look forward to welcoming them back to a rather more cold and damp Birmingham next weekend.