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ERIC Number: EJ847152
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2003-Dec
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0740-2708
You Need Company in the Dark: Building the House of Bernarda Alba at HMP Holloway Prison
Williams, Rachel Marie-Crane
Journal of Correctional Education, v54 n4 p175-189 Dec 2003
This article is about the production of The House of Bernarda Alba in Her Majesty's Prison Holloway in London England. It is written from a personal perspective and focuses on the following topics, collaboration, a brief comparison of prison life in the US and the UK, the successful and unsuccessful experiences of participants, and their insights into being a Mother, Sister, and Daughter. The purpose of this article is to provide a narrative account of the difficulties and experience of working as an arts educator in prison. This article springs from the journal I kept while working, conversations with the participants, and personal observations. This experience changed the way that I work with women in prison and furthered my convictions that time and an understanding of prison culture are two of the most important elements in any successful education program. It is also important to decide if the program will be driven by participant needs, a pre-determined end goal or both.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Adult Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (London)