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Imagine If’s mission is to use the arts to instigate positive change to enable people to play a fuller role in society. The beneficiaries are both the general public as well as our target audience of people from socially and economically disadvantaged backgrounds.
We tour high quality theatre and deliver workshops in prisons across the UK. Our flagship course Bird on the Wing uses drama techniques to improve confidence, communication and employability skills of prisoners due for release. We track each participant,
working closely with them towards person-centered goals on their path to employment.
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they had improved in confidence and teamwork, over 91% saw improvements in
communication skills, creativity and drama skills, whilst 81% felt they had improved in
employability skills. Prison staff recognised the success of the course, as the Director of HMP
Doncaster stated, “A truly inspiring workshop that is so different to any I have attended before.
Because of the originality of the style of the workshop, it captured the participants and
audiences’ imagination immediately, resulting in the best possible outcome for the
participants.” One past participant from HMP Leeds stated that “it was the only thing that was
inspiring in prison. Because of Bird on the Wing, I got a job within four weeks of getting out and
I have remained in work since”. David now works full time at Waitrose and has also been
employed by Imagine If Theatre on an ad-hoc basis to represent the company.