Synergy Theatre Project
Who we are
Synergy Theatre Project’s vision is to work through theatre towards a fairer world where those within or at risk of entering the criminal justice system can discover alternative pathways and become an integral and meaningful part of society. Since 2000 we have developed a ground breaking, interrelated programme of artistic work that seeks to build a bridge from prison to social reintegration, prevent young people from entering the criminal justice system, and inspire change by capturing the imagination and affecting the feelings, behaviours and attitudes of participants and public. Our overall aim is to support desistance from crime.
Producing – the development and making of our theatre and film productions in prisons, theatres and schools for adult audiences and for young people, including our work to commission and present new voices emerging from the criminal justice system on mainstream stages.
Synergy Production of A Raisin in the Sun, HMP Thameside July 2016
Young People’s Programme –outreach touring and workshops for young people led by ex-prisoners alongside professional facilitators, bespoke projects and courses with long term criminal justice partners, and an emergent focus on work placements and further training.
Young people's touring production Girls Like That, 2015
Synergy Studio – Our programme of artistic courses, training, and dramaturgical support for prisoners and ex-prisoners, plus training, work experience and employment beyond Synergy.
Synergy Services – an emergent strand, offering role-play training services for criminal justice agencies, led by ex-prisoners.The overall aim of our work is to empower prisoners and ex-prisoners to fulfil their potential and transform their lives.
A reduction in re-offending for approximately 75% of participants who work with the company
75% of participants report increased skills, impact on self-esteem, attitudes and future motivations
40% of those who work with the company go on to further education, training or employment
30% of those who participate in Synergy Studio go onto further work with the company
Approximately 2,500 young people per year attend Synergy shows with 85% reporting an increased awareness of and being deterred from criminal activity
300 young people at risk per year participate in bespoke projects with 80% reporting a greater awareness of the impact of crime on themselves and their community
70% of young people at risk demonstrate improvements in timekeeping, attendance and engagement with learning
Increased public awareness of issues surrounding criminal justice; audiences of approximately 3,500 per year attend Synergy’s work with 80% attendance at post-show discussions.