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Playing for Time Theatre Company

Perspectives from the Prison

Based on more than a decade of practice, Playing for Time Theatre Company presents the reader with a rich and invaluable resource for using theatre in criminal justice contexts, exploring ideas of identity, community, social justice and the power of the arts. The book analyses and reflects upon the company’s evolution and unique model of practice, with university students and prisoners working side-by-side, led by industry professionals. The work draws on diverse methodologies and approaches, with chapters written from multiple perspectives, including a forensic psychologist, director, playwright, historian, student, and ex-prisoners. Crucially, the voices and reflections of participating prisoners are central to the book. Providing unprecedented access to a significant body of prison theatre, Playing for Time Theatre Company presents both an overview and analysis of an extensive body of work, as well as offering perspectives on the efficacy of arts practice in the UK criminal justice system from 2000 onwards.

250 pages | 20 halftones | 7 x 9 | © 2018

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"The body of research and reflective writing that is collected in this volume is an engaging and informative valedictory testimony to the company’s work. . . . A unique addition to the prison theatre reader’s bookshelf. . . . The first publication focused on UK prison theatre practice to be published in over a decade [it is] a more than welcome addition to the field. Much has changed since the mid-noughties, and there has been a considerable shift in how theatre is appreciated and its value understood by the prison system. . . . This book would be of interest to researchers and students interested in the theatre in the criminal justice sector, or those with a particular interest in community and applied theatre."

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