No Place Productions offers a performance and workshop day that has been ran at venues such as, HMP Altcourse in conjunction with their Family Interventions Unit (FIU). The 'Family Day' programme aims to engage participants, along with a member of their family, in a full day of carefully designed workshops ran by NPPs vastly experienced practitioners...

Family day at hmp altcourse

 ...The afternoons final workshop is one based around 'forum theatre'. As the performance finished mid action, followed by the workshop, the audience now have to direct a final scene proposing alternative ways our characters could or should have dealt with their predicament. The audience are afforded the title of 'Directors' enabling them to stop the scene mid action at any time and explain where they thought our characters were going wrong. once the actors have been told how our characters should have dealt with the situation the scene then resumed..until the next pitfall that is. This technique allows participants to express way they feel our characters could conduct themselves in order to have a happier and more functional relationship. This technique allows our participants to discuss dysfunctional relationship traits they may feel they have with their own partner without 'airing dirty washing'.

Paul Handley (Community Engagement Manager at HMP Altcourse) said “The feedback I have received both from the prisoners & family members was fantastic, it showed that the workshop they had participated in today was enjoyable but also dealt with issues some of these families had never actually sat down & discussed themselves, basically dealing with the elephant in the room”

...after an enthralling performance, which has participants and family members alike chomping at the bit, the group then take part in their first workshop of the day. The audience has the chance to 'hot seat' the characters and put to them their opinions and ask those questions left at a loose end. This workshop allows family members and programme users to express personal views and feelings, by projecting them onto our fictional characters, which generates and honest and open forum for discussion, something some participants may not feel comfortable doing regarding their own personal situations...

...the day usually begins in the performance and workshop space with 16 participants accompanied by a member of their family. Family and user of the programme soon settle in for a performance of one of NPP's shows that usually centre around an issue that is particularly relevant to those taking part in NPP's 'Family Day'...

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Productions

 ...After lunch the participants are split into 4 separate groups; each group is given the same set of questions relating to the performance and told to discuss the questions an prepare to feed back shortly on their views. This is an intriguing tool as even though it is expected, the views of the  'Family Day' Participants usually differ, the way in which experienced NPP workshop facilitators run the feedback allows for all opinions to be voiced and expressed freely....