Inmates stage a second chance at life

Mission (I’m) Possible takes to the stage at the Cape Town International Convention Centre on Saturday September 29.

The show is a compelling live theatre performance created and performed by Pollsmoor inmates under the auspice of the “Second Chance Theatre Project”. It is a collaborative arts and social justice initiative, introduced by Nicro and through a partnership with the Department of the Correctional Services and together with UCT Associate Professor Veronica Baxter from the University of Cape Town’s Centre for Theatre, Dance and Performance Studies (CTDPS) they endeavour to challenge the public’s perception of criminals.

The staging of the production is done in partnership with the Cape Town International Convention (CTICC) who came on board as a venue sponsor as part of their corporate social responsibility programme.

This intimate, theatre production provides a unique glimpse into the lives of prison inmates.

Mission (I’m) Possible, which highlights the dreams and aspirations of inmates and demonstrates that each is more than the crime that he or she has committed.

The free event, will take place at the Cape Town International Convention Centre on Friday, 28 September and Saturday September 29, as part of a two-day event which will also feature an art exhibition showcasing art works by inmates and former offenders. Mission (I’m) Possible follows on the success of The Making of a Criminal Part 1 and Part 2, which took to the stage amid much acclaim in 2016 and 2017. The 2018 production, devised and directed by Veronica Baxter, Chiedza Chinhanu and the cast, once again uses theatre as a healing tool and a rehabilitation strategy to offer inmates a meaningful life after prison and to facilitate successful reintegration.

Nicro endeavours to challenge guests to see offenders as members of our society and to acknowledge that society has a vital role to play in the rehabilitation process.