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Reformed Cape Town Criminals put on a show


The Making of a Criminal: Part 2, a compelling live theatre performance created by Cape Town’s Pollsmoor prison’s inmates, provides a unique glimpse into the lives of inmates. Enter the world of the prisoner and gain rare insights into the lives of offenders and the various communities that continue to bear the severe impacts of South Africa’s socio-economic disparities. The performance is staged from Thursday, 28 September to Saturday, 30 September during the See Me: I am Human Indaba at the Artscape Theatre.

The Indaba, hosted by NICRO in partnership with the Department of Correctional Services, Vardeteateret, Fredskorpset (the Norwegian Peace Corps), Artscape Theatre Centre, the University of Cape Town as well as Business and Arts South Africa, endeavours to challenge the public’s perception of criminals.

The highlights of the three-day event include the intimate production performed by Pollsmoor inmates, parolees and other participants of the Help I Am Free cultural outreach project, an art exhibition showcasing works by inmates and former offenders, exhibitions by organisations supporting inmate rehabilitation and small businesses established by former offenders.

The Making of a Criminal: Part 2, which follows on the success of last year’s production, The Making of a Criminal, will be staged daily. This production, once again funded by the Norwegian Peace Corps, uses theatre as a healing tool and a rehabilitation strategy to offer inmates a meaningful life after prison and facilitate successful reintegration. In addition to being afforded the opportunity of coming face to face with the hopes, dreams, aspirations and fears of inmates, The Making of a Criminal: Part 2 also reveals the hidden artistic, musical and poetic talent found in the prisons of the Western Cape through the efforts of this courageous rehabilitative theatre initiative.

Guests are also invited to participate in a symposium hosted by the University of Cape Town’s Drama Department, which will feature a series of short discussions on the society that creates criminals and gangs. Keynote speakers Alex Sutherland, Don Pinnock and Chiedza Chinhanu will also explore the impact of theatre work in prisons.

Throughout this three-day event NICRO endeavours to challenge guests to see offenders as members of our society and to acknowledge that society has a vital role to play in the rehabilitation process. NICRO CEO, Soraya Solomon, underscores the crucial role of both civil society and ordinary members of the community in breaking the cycle of crime and violence in South Africa. “We cannot reduce the high levels of crime and violence in our country without every citizen’s support to ensure that we find solutions to this daunting challenge’” she points out.

Entry to the Indaba is free and tickets to the performance can be booked through Artscape Dial-a-Seat on 021 421 7695. For more information, please visit the Facebook Event Page and join the conversation on social media by using #TheMakingOfACriminalPart2.

Support The Making of a Criminal: Part 2 by means of a donation on donations-based crowdfunding platform, BackaBuddy. So far the crowdfunding initiative has raised a total R31,066 towards the target of R100 000, through the generosity of both local and international donors.

“Crowdfunding has the unique ability to bring people together and can be instrumental in bringing about meaningful social change, but without the public’s support, society stands still”, says Zane Groenewald, BackaBuddy Marketing Officer. Click through to the crowdfunding webpage here.

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