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imagine if has a strong track record of working in prisons nationally and with prison leavers in the community, with the main geographical focus being across Yorkshire. Over the last five years, imagine if has worked in 26 prisons across the UK and USA, engaged with over 4,000 prisoners and continue to support prisoners when they are released into the community, for as long as individuals require support.
imagine if has demonstrated that theatre is a powerful tool that can be used to reach out and connect with people from all parts of society. The company creates thought provoking theatre about real and challenging societal issues, focusing predominantly on the causes and consequences of social and economic disadvantage. These challenging issues are addressed through accessible theatre performances, educational narratives, drama workshops and specialised interventions.
imagine if’s work aims to actively improve disadvantaged people’s lives through theatre, engaging with prisoners, people with convictions, recovering addicts, abuse victims and homeless young adults across the UK.
The company’s main focus now is to work with people with convictions in the Yorkshire community recently released from prison, with a focus on prison leavers from HMP Moorland and HMP Lindholme.
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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.