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A close up image of a character in mask during a performance ofJourneyWoman A close up image of a character in mask during a performance ofJourneyWoman

Journey Woman

A five-day project for women in prison.

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Journey Woman is a five-day project for women in prison, facilitated by female Geese practitioners. It begins with a powerful full-faced mask performance, which follows the story of Ellie, a woman who has a history of offending but has made some positive changes in her life.

A close up image of a character in mask during a performance ofJourneyWoman

Ellie looks back on key experiences in her life including family trauma, motherhood and prison and contemplates the strategies she has used to cope with these…drug use, self-harm and aggression. She revisits the moment she realises she wants something different…something more.

The performance acts as a catalyst for the following four-and-a-half days of groupwork which enables participants to make connections between Ellie’s story and their own and to explore the direction they want their stories to take.  A child’s comfort blanket is introduced in the performance, representing the coping strategies Ellie has used. The groupwork process assists participants to identify and practice the skills and strategies they need to build a more effective ‘blanket’ of their own, which will help them reach their individual goals.

  • I got so much more than I expected from the workshop. I would say that all eight girls got some new skill that they can use in prison and in their new life out of prison.

    – Participant
  • It has shown me many things that I relate to but most of all I found it very useful [because] I’ve got more ways to deal with problems.

    – Participant
  • I would do this course again as I have enjoyed the week and feel ready to move on. It is the best course I have taken by far.

    – Participant
  • They seemed to have an awareness of each person and knew how to pull the team together yet not forgetting that we are all individuals.

    – Participant
  • Geese got it absolutely right and the women were engaged right from the start. If you’ve not seen their work before, I can recommend it.

    – Staff member
  • The performance was captivating, poignant and sensitive.

    – Staff member

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