News: updates

Annual Highlights 2014/15

Keshena Bowie

Our Annual Highlights for 2014/15 is out now!  The review of our work includes information on our new Birmingham community partnerships, our performance of domestic abuse piece, Stay, at Birmingham REP last summer, our extensive prison and forensic mental health work and details of our conference and staff training.  Hard copies are also available, just email us at

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