Text by Various
But a few of the responses to
LSW’s LUP1 Tranche
Presentation @ HMP Pentonville
Dear Dr. Bruce,
Thank you for inviting me to, and facilitating my participation in, today’s illuminating Shakespeare Workout. I took copious notes of my impressions. Watching you work was inspiring – your passion, sincerity and intensity has clearly helped unlock the inmates’ potentials, and it was powerful to witness them take ownership of Shakespeare’s language under your direction. I’ve never seen Shakespeare delivered with such honesty, vim and vigor – new meaning was released and the text itself made vital by each prisoner. The selection of texts was compelling, with Malek’s final speech in particular drawing attention to and clarifying LSW’s LUP mission to powerful effect. It became easy to forget we were working with prisoners.
Bruce, thank you so much for today’s enthralling session at Pentonville. It was moving and funny and inspiring (that’s the word that keeps coming up in reactions, isn’t it?). What great work you’re doing. Lovely to meet Jose, and I really enjoyed talking to some of the prisoner-actors afterwards.
And thanks, too, for my friend Norman’s being able to experience it all as well. He was equally enthralled.
Thank you so very much for a life changing experience. To have a window opened on your inspiring work was a deeply moving. Also, your imagination and original development of the material played by those young people was a revelation. The fact that it was developed for them, so much more than using straight published work, extraordinary … You have changed the lives of so many lost young men, bringing them hope and digging out the buried treasures within them.
Thank you for this exciting experience. One of the most rewarding afternoons of my life.