Mission (I’m) Possible Takes to the Stage at the Cape Town International Convention Centre in September 2018
Mission (I’m) Possible is a compelling live theatre performance created and performed by Pollsmoor inmates under the auspice of the “Second Chance Theatre Project”, a collaborative arts and social justice initiative. The project was introduced by NICRO and through a partnership with the Department of the Correctional Services and together with UCT Associate Professor Veronica Baxter from the University of Cape Town’s Centre for Theatre, Dance and Performance Studies (CTDPS) endeavour to challenge the public’s perception of criminals.
This intimate, insightful theatre production provides a unique glimpse into the lives of prison inmates. Mission (I’m) Possible, which highlights the dreams and aspirations of inmates and demonstrates that each is more than the crime that he or she has committed. The staging of the production is done in partnership with the Cape Town International Convention (CTICC) who came on board as a venue sponsor as part of their corporate social responsibility programme. The performances will take place at the CTICC on Friday, 28 September and Saturday, 29 September, 2018, as part of a two-day event which will also feature an art exhibition showcasing art works by inmates and former offenders.
Mission (I’m) Possible follows on the success of The Making of a Criminal Part 1 and Part 2, which took to the stage amidst much acclaim in 2016 and 2017. The 2018 production, devised and directed by Veronica Baxter, Chiedza Chinhanu and the cast, once again uses theatre as a healing tool and a rehabilitation strategy to offer inmates a meaningful life after prison and to facilitate successful reintegration.
The title of the production clearly illustrates that these performers are goal oriented and firm in their belief that they have a real future beyond the prison walls as they commit to returning to their communities as contributing individuals.
Throughout this two-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.
Entry to the event is free. Tickets to the performance can be booked through Quicket. For more information, please visit the event on Facebook page and join the conversation on social media using #Mission(I’m)Possible.
An online fundraising initiative using the donations-based crowdfunding platform, BackaBuddy, has been launched to assist with the cost to run this event. Please click through to the crowdfunding webpage here Backabuddy.
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The Making Of A Criminal Part 2
The Making of a Criminal: Part 2 comes to Artscape as part of the See Me: I Am Human Indaba
The Making of a Criminal: Part 2, a compelling live theatre performance created by Pollsmoor inmates, provides a unique glimpse into the lives of prison 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
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Help I am Free! Programme
A NICRO programme that uses theatre as a tool for offender reintegration. The programme aims to transfer new skills and opportunities to participants, enabling them to live as a constructive participating citizen after release from prison. The work is artistically orientated towards the production of a play and live performances at Artscape. This programme is offered in Pollsmoor and Goodwood Correctional Centres, in Western Cape ONLY.
A NICRO diversion programme that incorporates elements of indigenous justice, placing emphasis on local culture and practices. This programme is offered in Eerstehoek area in Mpumalanga ONLY.
Public Awareness Projects
Raising public awareness regarding crime prevention and safety through specific planned events, poster campaigns, websites, documentaries, newspaper articles, in schools and workplaces through providing information, explaining issues and disseminating knowledge to people so that they can make informed decisions. First, there is general public awareness, which involves widespread understanding and acknowledgement of the issues on a societal level – such as Gender Based Violence (GBV), Victimisation; Domestic Violence; Gangsterism; etc. Second, there is self-awareness, which occurs when individuals understand how the concept of safe places, crime and crime prevention affects them personally.