Dear Bruce Wall,
I’m at Bullingdon Prison in Oxford. I saw a letter on
the wall of the Education Department
advertising the London Shakespeare Workout. After getting
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 Shakespeare Workout. 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 people approach
me. The group introduced themselves to my friend and
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 with role-play.
A few mistakes happened and I was reassured by all members of your
group. Reassurance was very welcome and I began to relax.
I really did enjoy myself and really enjoyed listening to
Shakespeare. The Workshop for me brought
self-confidence. After speaking to my fellow inmates the general 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 by your group who
saw us as normal people not as prisoners. A very big thank
to yourself and all involved with the London Shakespeare Workout. See
all in the very near future.