Tranche Feedback ....

during preparation for the initial offering of the
LUP RADIO DRAMA COMPANY

 LUP:  Where process IS product .

 

Blog by E15 BA Student, Christos – from 5.7.17 LSW- LUP Workout
(from which LUP1 RDC men were in part selected):
https://christosfloros.com/2017/07/11/london-shakespeare-workout/


Early Friday morning 1st September, together with the lovely people below, including artists and actors, I was privileged to partake in a rehearsal of Bruce Wall’s (LSW) new work with the prisoners of HMP Pentonville. The morning proved to be such an insightful and rewarding experience. What the contrast and input of each voice had in common was a willingness to respond to perhaps one of their greatest needs: to be heard. The energy generated during the session was contagious. To be involved with this stunning initiative left me feeling so full of life, inspiration and awe ! Using Shakespeare as a tool for transformation certainly has astoundingly positive results. This space offers people in prison the chance to come up for air, give them the possibility to express themselves and activate their heart space, get a taste of what they have lost...the freedom to do, to say, to be. It is not love or money we all crave for - more than anything, it is freedom.

Trudy Lewis



 


Dear Bruce,  ...

 

Thank you so much for today. I had an absolutely wonderful time, and am completely in awe of the talent in that room. It was such a wonderful experience, and I hope I can be involved in the future.

 

I wish you all the best with the presentation and know the recording will sound incredible.

 

Best,

 

Reuben


Dear Bruce,

On behalf of myself, Fiona and Hayley we'd just like to say a MASSIVE thank you for giving us the opportunity to work with your actors today. It was an incredibly enriching and valuable experience to have done this and the level of work your guys were coming out with was truly inspiring. I spoke to a few of them afterwards briefly and expressed how impressed we were with some of the work they were producing - from their vocal quality to the commitment and drive they were giving. It's a difficult script, so to watch them grabbing it with both hands like they did was an absolute pleasure to watch. I am looking forward to hearing how the presentation and radio programme goes

 


Some random tweets ..

"Huge thanks to yourself [Jose] & Bruce for such an incredible experience! Such an amazing course to be a part of" 😊


"Going to @Pentonville175 today to workshop some Shakespeare with truly special inmates was one of the best experiences I've had. Thank you."
 

Dear Bruce

Just a quick line to say thank you very much for this afternoon. What an honour and a privilege to have worked out with the men at HMP Pentonville today. 

I thoroughly enjoyed it and was very moved by the whole experience. 

It goes without saying that if you are in need of a volunteer for any other LSW project then do please get in touch. I'd be ready and willing to do it again! 

All the very best,
Dominic 



 

Just wanted to say another massive thank you for today. I left challenged, inspired, and filled to the brim with pride for four men I had only known for a matter of hours! The work you are doing with them is truly life changing. It was beautiful seeing each of the inmates individually flourishing under your encouragement and supervision, and you could see that not only was their acting progressing, but you were filling them with a calm confidence (one founded inside of themselves as opposed to through dominating others) which they could then take into life. Like Natasha said, it was so lovely to see Vlad grow in confidence over the session, and getting to use his Mother tongue clearly means a lot to him! Your patience and encouragement with Leroy was also amazing to see. So thank you so much for letting me watch, I loved it! 

Rachel Benson



 


 
Just seen a Lady Bracknell to rival David Suchet from one of the inmates
at @Pentonville175! Thanks @LUPRDC and @Tabacaria for a fab morning


Nelson Mandela famously said that no one truly knows a nation until you have been inside its jails; that a nation should not be judged by how it treats its highest citizens, but its lowest ones. It was hence with a pinch of trepidation but a bucket full of hopeful anticipation that I entered the secure walls of Pentonville Prison with my band of excited fellow artist and actors.


The stark, cold, old Victorian interior contrasted sharply against the passion, warmth and enthusiasm that radiated from the inmates partaking in the animated Shakespearian rehearsal. A couple of hours immersed in the Bard seemed to have the power to lift despair and provide temporary release from confinement.

Watching the performance, it was difficult to imagine them being much different from myself. Reminded that we all make mistakes, that we all are 'sinners'...and yet, even in prison a man has the opportunity to be free; to be at peace. A man may commit a 'sin' against society, and yet realise through his fall, his true light and potential.

A huge thank you to the inspirational Bruce Wall for this opportunity to partake and experience something so remarkable and life affirming. May this project continue to grow, inspire and touch all who encounter it.  Long live the Bard!!

Yolande Posthumus



 


Dear Dr. Bruce, 

Thank you for inviting me to, and facilitating my participation in, today's illuminating Shakespeare Workout. I took copious notes of my impressions. Watching you work was inspiring - your passion, sincerity and intensity has clearly helped unlock the inmates' potentials, and it was powerful to witness them take ownership of Shakespeare's language under your direction. I've never seen Shakespeare delivered with such honesty, vim and vigor - new meaning was released and the text itself made vital by each prisoner. The selection of texts was compelling, with Malek's final speech in particular drawing attention to and clarifying LSW's LUP mission to powerful effect. It became easy to forget we were working with prisoners. 

Ben Philipp

  


 


Bruce, thank you so much for today's enthralling session at Pentonville.  It was moving and funny and inspiring (that's the word that keeps coming up in reactions, isn't it?).  What great work you're doing.  Lovely to meet Jose, and I really enjoyed talking to some of the prisoner-actors afterwards.

 

And thanks, too, for my friend Norman's being able to experience it all as well.  He was equally enthralled.

Frank Lazarus



 

Hello Bruce

 

             Thank you so very much for a life changing experience. To have a window opened on your inspiring work was a deeply moving.   Also, your imagination and original development of the material played by those young people was a revelation. The fact that it was developed for them, so much more than using straight published work, extraordinary...

    You have changed the lives of so many lost young men, bringing them hope and digging out the buried treasures within them.

 

                Thank you for this exciting experience. One of the most rewarding afternoons of my life.

June Hudson

 

   

         Artwork here presented was generously created during LSW's LUP1 RDC Tranche sessions by Lizet Dingemans, Rod Kitson, Andrew Garthwaite, Andrea Malaskova,
Alexey Malyshev, Yollande Posthumus, Glen Mendes, Lizzy Millar, Gabriela Petkova, Slavi Savic and Keith Slote