I have been in prison for twenty-one years and have done a lot of courses this has got to have been the best I have been on. I was surprised how much I learned on this course.

The Theatre in Prisons and Probation Research and Development Centre was set up in 1992 by James Thompson and Paul Heritage. Originally a part of the University of Manchester’s Drama Department, the Centre aimed to provide a wide range of services – project development, training, advice and information as well as working to raise the profile of theatre work with offenders by undertaking research and publishing books and articles about arts initiatives in the criminal justice system.

Over the last ten years we have developed a considerable reputation for developing and delivering high

quality participatory arts projects with a wide range of groups. In recent years we have extended the reach of our project work and have developed community based diversionary projects and schemes for the long-term unemployed. In 2000 this shift in our work meant that we changed our name to TiPP.

We now describe ourselves as a creative hub, providing a regional and national focus for a range of creative arts projects in Criminal Justice settings. We work closely with a range of Associate and Partner arts organisations, artists and agencies to design and develop programmes, projects and training opportunities.