Hi Wasfi – You asked us to write a bit about how this experience made me feel, Here goes !
Since the first day I walked into the workshop and met everyone, I felt happy for the first time in a long time.
I say from the bottom of my heart, if I was given a choice to be given bail and leave prison or see out your removal time and finish out the play, 100% I am staying.
I have made really good friends with other house block prisoners, top lads. Learnt so much about myself too.
Meeting Nikki (director) and Dan (conductor) who I think are geniuses by the way, it is humbling how much dedication they have. Stuart and the whole cast and crew are such good people it wears off on me. Prison dehumanises you the isolation can destroy your personality. This experience has counteracted that.
The officers Julie and Ms Williams were the perfect people to keep an eye on us lot, as they treated us fairly and respectfully.
Dan and Matt’s (gym officers) relationship with the prisoners can not be understated and be recognised for what it is. Their laid back friendly approach made me and all the lads forget the divide of our situation, they supported us as opposed to restricting us, they actually created a better buzz and it made for a better environment. Their personalities has alot got to do with the success of that play in how they interacted with the prisoners. Top lads.
I came to prison in July 2017 a very angry man blaming everyone and anything for my situation. Now I’m healthy, clear minded and happy and it’s amazing that I had to come to prison to feel this good about myself.
What you have done for me by putting on this play has truly changed my life for the better, I will never forget my time here but I won’t look back at it as a negative dark time in my life but a time that gave me self worth, happy times and a sense of achievement and for that I thank you and everybody involved for a future life time of Great memory’s.
I’ll leave it at that. Thanks a million. Pearse