Alex Sutherland reports on her work in the local prison in Grahamstown South Africa, where she leads weekly theatre-making workshops. Andile (shown above rehearsing with the Ubom drama company) had been a member of the prison performance ensemble since the group formed in January, 2010, and instrumental in leading and motivating others in the program. Currently on parole after serving half his sentence, he continues to do so from outside prison.
Alex is a senior lecturer specializing in theater for social change at Rhodes University. A graduate of Social Therapeutics Online, an Institute certificate program, and part of the Performing the World community, Alex uses theatre games and improvisation to help participants create collaborative spaces in which they can develop stories.