I’m at Bullingdon Prison in Oxford. I saw a letter on
the wall of the EducationDepartment
advertising the London Shakespeare Workout. After gettingfurther
information on your workshop I decided to come to it.
Your group have previously done these workshops at
Bullingdon and for a couple of weeks the talk in the Education Department was
about The London ShakespeareWorkout. I
thought to myself: ‘I’ll give it a go’.
I came to the chapel with my friend and immediately had a
friendly group of peopleapproach
me. The group introduced themselves to my friend andme.
The group spoke to me as a human being and not as a prisoner.
obviously did not see me as a man of crime, but just another man. I immediately
felt welcome. The atmosphere was very friendly. Other prisoners
were talking and I thought to myself: ‘What are we doing here’?
I see myself as a confident man. The Workshop started
and I felt quite uneasy withrole-play.
A few mistakes happened and I was reassured by allmembers of your
group. Reassurance was very welcome and I began torelax.
I really did enjoy myself and really enjoyed listening to
Shakespeare. The Workshopfor me brought
self-confidence. After speaking to my fellow inmates thegeneral opinion
was an excellent afternoon enjoyed by all.
The Workout did not only bring confidence out in me, it
also taught me about Shakespeare’s work. I also thought it was a good
team building exercise for prisoners.
As I’ve already said, an excellent afternoon enjoyed by
all. I felt welcome byyour group who
saw us as normal people not as prisoners. A very big thankyou
to yourself and all involved with the London Shakespeare Workout. Seeyou
all in the very near future.