Founded over 20 years ago, Synergy creates ground-breaking work across theatre and the criminal justice system. We believe that theatre can be transformative, change perceptions, and open up new possibilities towards a more positive future. We live in a world where some of the most disadvantaged are over-represented in the criminal justice system and our vision is to work through theatre towards a fairer world where those within or at risk of entering the criminal justice system can discover alternate pathways and become an integral and meaningful part of society.
Our programme of artistic work harnesses the energy and life experiences of those we work with – prisoners, ex-prisoners, young offenders, and young people at risk of offending – gives them a voice and, in doing so, their dignity back. We want to inspire change by capturing the imagination and affecting the feelings, behaviours and attitudes of participants and public, whilst doing our part to influence the arts and criminal justice sectors towards systemic change.
Our work provides practical opportunities which develop participants’ skills, capabilities, and resilience, builds a bridge from prison to social reintegration, provides vital support to rehabilitation, and seeks to prevent young people from entering the criminal justice system
Theatre productions in prisons, theatres, schools, alternative provision and non-traditional venues
Adult programme offering theatre-based training to prisoners and ex-prisoners leading to placements and employment
Young people’s programme comprising touring productions, projects and workshops for young people at risk of offending led by artists and ex-prisoners
Role play training for criminal justice sector professionals led by ex-prisoner actor facilitators