Summer and Autumn News

Although things may have looked quiet over the last few months, there has been a lot going on behind the scenes at Trilby Cat Theatre. Our Artistic Director has been working tirelessly on her Masters Dissertation over the summer. Her research is about challenging the stigma and social exclusion of prisoners’ children using Applied Theatre practice. Children of prisoners are a vulnerable and ‘hidden’ group who are not currently identified or recognised by Government policy. The result of this is that these children are extremely vulnerable to experiencing social exclusion. We believe that the arts, and in particular, Theatre can play a part in enhancing wellbeing, strengthening relationships and challenging the social exclusion of prisoners’ children. Very little participatory arts has taken place with prisoners’ children. We aim to change that and as we have already worked with one group earlier in the year, we have plans to build upon that and reach more children who may feel isolated and stigmatised by their circumstances.

Our Artistic Director also became a Fellow of The School for Social Entrepreneurs, having been supported by them on the start up programme over the last year. It was truly a pleasure to attend the celebration event in York which was attended by other inspirational Social Entrepreneurs who shared part of the journey with Trilby Cat Theatre.

(School for Social Entrepreneurs Yorkshire and North East) Photo Credit: Markiss Photography