Synergy Theatre Project, Theatre productions
Synergy began by producing plays in London prisons performed and staged by prisoners, many of whom had no experience of theatre, supported by a team of highly skilled creative professionals. The productions had a deep impact on all those involved, from participants to public and prison audiences. These remain at the core of Synergy's work, both in- and outside prisons.
Productions in prisons are open to any interested prisoners and involve a five week rehearsal process during which participants are expected to demonstrate the attitude and commitment of professional actors. The process culminates in performances to fellow prisoners and an invited audience including the cast's families and friends. Ex-prisoner productions follow professional theatre practice and offer employment opportunities to previous participants. A four-week rehearsal process is followed by a tour to prisons, colleges and theatres.
Professional productions touring to prisons and theatres, explore current themes surrounding criminal justice and aim to challenge perceptions.