"Without doubt the best conference I’ve ever attended!" Changing Stories: Epilogue

Changing Stories: Epilogue was the final event of the project.  It was a symposium that we staged in HMP Thorn Cross on 11thApril, 2019. The symposium showcased some of the work that had been made, demonstrated our working methods and provided attendees with an opportunity to gain first-hand experience of participation in a creative arts workshop.  In this post you can watch a short video that has highlights of the day.

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Simon Ruding
Theatre in Prisons: Funny Laughingtime

On 3rd April I was invited to make to make a ‘pop-up’ contribution to the ‘Measuring and Increasing the Value of Culture’ symposium at HOME in Manchester.  The brief was to make a short, pithy contribution that created a link between formal presentations and informal discussion. I chose to pick up on the themes of the conference, and pose an issue which I thought it would be valuable to bear in mind as the day progressed. I chose to talk about laughter, and the risks to participatory practice of  “teaching to the test”.

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Simon Ruding
Changing Stories: Epilogue

To celebrate the conclusion of our Changing Stories project we are holding a symposium at HMP Thorn Cross on the afternoon of Thursday 11th April, 2019. If you would like to get an insight into the work we have been doing and an opportunity to meet some of the artists we have been working with, please join us for the afternoon. HMP Thorn Cross is one of the key locations where we have been delivering the project, so we are really pleased to say that some of the men we have been working with will be joining us to talk about their experiences and share some of their work.

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Simon Ruding
Voices Unlocked

The first in a short, ad hoc series of films and videos from our archive. Back in 2015 as apart of the Magna Carta Anniversary commemorations, we were approached by Unlock Democracy and asked to undertake an arts based research project that asked the question, what do men and women in prison think about justice and democracy?

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Simon Ruding
More in Common

Cara Looij is a recent University of Manchester Drama and English Literature Graduate. Her interests lie in the facilitating of workshops and events across applied theatre, puppetry and multi-arts platforms with a commitment to social responsibility, inclusivity and enhancing wellbeing through the arts. In this amazing visual blog she reflects on her experience on a recent Summer Arts College.

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Cara Looij
“Work is a lot easier if you’re having fun”

Rachel McMurray has recently completed three weeks as lead artist on a Summer Arts College in a Children’s Secure Care Home in Salford. IN this post she shares her immediate thoughts and reflections on the experience. Rachel is a theatre practitioner, based in Manchester, creating theatre for, and with, a variety of communities and individuals. She is committed to directing and devising theatre which rouses conversation and stimulates social change.

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Rachel McMurray
Smells Like Teen Spirit: Creating Text from Song Lyrics and Scents

Rachel Scott joined TiPP in January 2007 and is TiPP's Drama Projects Director.  She is currently managing the Changing Stories project, bringing new and emerging artists together with experienced prison practitioners to make new work across a number of participatory arts disciplines.  In this post she describes a recent Changing Stories session in HMP Thorn Cross, where she used smells and scents to generate narrative.

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Rachel Scott
Rocking Up for the First Time

David McFarlane is a Boltonian musician, composer, and guitarist living in Manchester. His interests lie in community music-making, improving access to music, and creative music technology.  He has recently completed his first week of work at TiPP, sharing his skills as a musician with young people in a local Children’s Secure Care Home as a part of the Youth Music funded Rock Up project.   In this post he speaks candidly about his experience of working with TiPP.

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David McFarlane
Lost Marbles

Katie Charlton is a theatre-maker and facilitator specialising in creating work with, by and for young people experiencing life in the margins. In this post Katie describes some of her work on TiPP’s 'Arts in Mind' Project, a 12 week programme of creative workshops exploring the theme of mental health with care experienced young people aged 13 -25 funded by Mind and Action Together Oldham. 

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Katie Charlton
The Butterfly and the Bottle

Kate McCoy acted as TiPP’s Projects Director for over a decade before leaving to found a series of amazing projects, including the Men’s Room and Small Performance Adventures. She is now a freelance practitioner and regularly returns to Manchester to work on TiPP projects. Here she describes some of the work that she has been doing on an amazing arts-based research project with women who make use of the Greater Manchester Women’s Support Alliance’s services.

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Kate McCoy