In 2019 HMP Garth commissioned us to deliver a project as part of Black History Month. Using a combination of groupwork exercises, mask and discussion we worked with a group of men to explore their perception of Black History and the surrounding issues, culminating in a co-created piece of theatre in response.
The group consisted of Black Caribbean and African heritage (majority) and white European men which allowed for mixed experiences and rich discussions.
We explored concepts including unconscious bias, systemic racism, microaggressions and their impacts both inside and outside the prison. The final performance piece was presented with staging, lights and music to a mixed audience of 60 prisoners and staff.
“This was my first experience of working with Geese and I cannot recommend them highly enough. Their commitment to the project and development of the participants was a privilege to be a part of.”– Staff member
“Thank you for everything you have brought to me in terms of how to handle certain situations that I may have struggled with personally.”– Participant