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The use of metaphor in personal and community narratives: Women in the Criminal Justice System and the Shakespeare on Screen in Prison project

Golbourn, Jordana Elizabeth (2020) The use of metaphor in personal and community narratives: Women in the Criminal Justice System and the Shakespeare on Screen in Prison project. Masters thesis, York St John University.

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Abstract

Shakespeare on Screen in Prison is a partnership between the York St John University Prison Partnership Project, PCL Productions and HMP New Hall. The PCL Productions and Donmar Warehouse all-female Trilogy films (Julius Caesar,
Henry IV and The Tempest) are used to inspire collaborative, relational and durational drama projects with women residents.

This paper examines the use of metaphor within the creative process that enables women residents to explore their own personal and community narratives.

It focuses on interrogating the creation of a safe space through creative strategies, and questions the place of risk within this. It explores the importance of structure and the crafted journey the women take through each session and
across the project, and the process of forming a community.

Using analysis of the women’s creative writing and performance making alongside interview transcripts, it argues for the potential of working in metaphor for self-reflection and rehabilitation. It shows how the world, themes, characters, plot and the scenography used to represent them in the films are effective in enabling the women to distance, contain or project their own
narratives, and offers them space to explore different identities, interrogate their pasts and imagine hopeful futures.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
Status: Published
Subjects: N Fine Arts > NX Arts in general > NX456.5.P38 Performance Art
School/Department: School of the Arts
URI: http://ray.yorksj.ac.uk/id/eprint/5345

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