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#Gaslight by Patrick Hamilton - UK tour directed by #AssociateArtist #LucyBailey with #MartinShaw, #JamesWilby, #CharlotteEmmerson, #Cofounder #MaryChater & #GeorgiaClarkeDayay

#TheatreRoyalWindsor, #TheAlexandraTheatre, Birmingham, #TheYvonneArnaud, Guildford, #TheatreRoyalBath and #NewTheatrePeterborough - tour ends October 26th - a #BillKenwright production

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New Beginnings Art Awards, #TheLightbox, Woking from Kate Paradine CEO of Womeninprison.org.uk

Journey Within - a performance at art awards ceremony - open to all female prisoners in and those newly released from Surrey prisons on September 10th - the exhibition is still on at #TheLightbox

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Dear Charlotte and Mary,

On behalf of all of us at WIP thank you so much for organising such a wonderful performance at the New Beginnings Art Awards at the Lightbox - hard to believe it was the 9th year.

We have had so much lovely feedback on the event and as the High Sheriff of Surrey said in her note attached - a 'ray of light' in these dark times.

The performance  was a real inspiration for all of us, especially women and their families that were at the event. I was personally blown away by the pride of the daughters in their mums being able to perform at the event.

Of all the years I have attended this was my favourite with a wonderful atmosphere - which you had a big part in helping to create.

We hope we can work together in the future and as promised I will put you in touch with our Manchester team.

Best wishes,

Kate

Kate Paradine

Chief Executive, Women in Prison,  www.womeninprison.org.uk   Charity number 1118727

Immeasurably positive feedback from women prisoners who took part in #AMidsummerNightsDream Mashup at HMP Styal on August 30th

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I enjoyed doing something completely different from the usual activities which make up the prison day. It was mentally / emotionally beneficial to be completely absorbed in the project. I would really like the opportunity to participate in something like this again. I feel the huge gains in confidence and personal development will bring enormous benefits in all areas of my life.

I loved doing the drama group and I feel loads more confident in myself. When I signed up for the drama group, I expected to just do the scenery and help with costumes as I’m quite arty. A couple of people couldn’t come so I found myself landing a couple of parts. I loved getting into character and playing the parts that I didn’t expect to. This was something I had never imagined myself doing. I really thought I couldn’t do it so it was amazing to find that I could. As a direct result of this, I am being considered for ROTLs ( Release on Temporary Licence ) when I become eligible. I also have an opportunity to train and gain employment on release. This is totally unexpected and something that I would have never got without being part of this group. It has opened doors for me that would never previously have been opened and given me the potential for a totally different future. Thank you both!

I struggle with confidence and was scared of being unable to speak in public. Being part of the drama group has totally changed this. Charlotte and Mary were so nice, they made me feel part of the group and made me feel like I could actually act! Once I got in to playing my character, I really enjoyed it and felt confident to develop it and add my own input. I found some parts of the performance challenging but Mary and Charlotte helped me keep going. I’m so glad I did it and I felt really happy at the end of it. I feel so much more confident now and I would love Mary and Charlotte to come back in so we can do another show. Please.

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