Support the Theatre space in Penitentiary No. 1 of Wroclaw!

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Open with us Kleczkowska Theatre in Wrocław Penitentiary No. 1 and become a patron of the project UNLOCKING!

An area of freedom in prison? A theatrical bridge between the closed and the open world? My name engraved on a brick on one of the walls of a theatre inside a prison in Wrocław? A letter from one of the actors behind the bars? Wait a minute, what is happening?

Unlocking – between theatre and resocialization
Since 5 years, we have been implementing an innovative theatre project called Unlocking at the Prison No. 1 of Wrocław. In a place like prison, every day we find out that theatre can be an active tool for transformation and reconstruction of relations between people.

Our project is one of the first in Europe, that promotes and develops professional theatre in prison. We implemented it from the very beginning with the support of the Municipality of Wrocław and the Grotowski Institute of Wrocław. Participants are male inmates of closed and half-open department.

Main aim of the project is not teaching acting techniques or rigid interpretations of theatre roles, but first of all – build a bridge and connect inmates with the outside society. We pursue this aim through the direct work, using theatre tools and presenting performances. A stable bridge that, in our belief, will support people such as the participants of our project, to return and open a path towards the outside society, co-created together.

In December 2018, we officially opened the doors of the Kleczkowska Theatre – a professional theatre space, renovated together by the whole team. While building the performance (KAIN), we also built a theatre in the heart of the Wrocław prison.

How can you help us?
All previous presentations of our performances, on the temporary “boards” of the Kleczkowska Theatre, evoked great interest of the audience, arousing vivid reactions, emotions, reflections, loud applauses. To be able to continue our work, and invite audience at the Kleczkowska Theatre, we need your support. The collected money will be used to buy professional theatre equipment, including theatre lights and audio system (until now we had to borrow each time from our partners), and placing a wooden floor instead of concrete.

With our work, we want to say that we do not agree in separating people between strict definitions like good and bad, that we believe in the right of individual people to change and to show courage. If you agree with – support our work today. Build a space of freedom with us.

And join us at the performances in our Kleczkowska Theatre!

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Partners: Grotowski Institute, Penitentiary No 1 of Wrocław