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Prisoners praise hard-hitting play by Blundells pupils


A play about restorative justice devised and performed by three Blundells pupils at HM Prison Channings Wood was openly praised by the prisoners in the audience. The A2 Devised Drama students - Cameron Falinski, Luke Ricketts and Rory Thomas - performed their play Crying For You to an invited audience including 35 prisoners who are currently serving their sentences on The Recovery Community and five prisoners serving life sentences.

Based on a true story, the play was about 14 year old Jacob White who is murdered in a London Park by Michael Stevens, a boy from a rival school. Jacob's grieving father Graham is given the opportunity to meet his son's murderer in prison to try and get some answers to the questions he has. Simon Hughes is the practitioner who facilitates this meeting. The Blundells students spent many hours researching the subject, looking at past cases and interviewing a prisoner serving a life sentence at HMP Channings Wood, a Category C men's prison near Newton Abbot in Devon.

Amongst the positive comments about the performance was one from a prisoner who said that it had given him a reality check and had motivated him to change his life and to stay on track when he gets out of prison. One of the most important indicators of the impact that the performance had was the number of prisoners who wanted to stay behind to ask more questions, talk to the cast and speak to staff about restorative justice. The project was organised by Blundells School in Devon, HMP Channings Wood, EDP Drug and Alcohol Services and Make Amends, a project run by Torbay District Council.

Published: February 10 2015

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