We have joined together in support with the awesome folk at Mercy Campaign
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“Sydney theatre director Sam Atwell is currently directing a play – Bondi Dreaming – which explores issues around the death penalty.
He writes in support of the Mercy Campaign:
“After the events of the Bali Nine played out on our television screens in 2005 a multitude of thoughts and questions entered my mind. I set about writing a play to explore the complex themes brought up by their ordeal. My goal was to humanise their plight as I feel it’s easy to sometimes become desensitised by what we view in the news media. In order to explore this territory I used three fictional characters from Sydney’s western suburbs who found themselves incarcerated in a random prison cell somewhere in a foreign land. Searching for redemption, the three men play out moments from their past and what their future could have been…..
Rest of article at http://mercycampaign.org/
Noticed this article in ArtsHub this week from an Australia Academic at UTS in Sydney who has done some research into the benefits of Art in Prison.
Art in Prison: A literature review of the philosophies and impacts of visual arts programs for correctional populations by Alexandra Djurichkovic.
This of course resonated with us after our trip to Kerobokan Prison and to see the amazing work being done by Nico Vrielink with the prisoners in there.
We all bought artwork by the prisoners – it really was of an exceptional standard considering none of them have been artists.
One piece, a self portrait by Myuran Sukamaran, will be auctioned at the theatre during the run of Bondi Dreaming, with all finds going to the Bali Nine legal funds. More details coming soon.
On one visit we met Dutch filmmakers and Bali locals, Roland Wigwam and Peter Mariouw Smit who were filming a documentary on Nico’s work.
They were kind enough to film Bondi Dreaming Producer Nick Bolton inside the prison who filed this video blog from inside Kerobokan
This extract has been republished with thanks to UTS Shopfront, Arts Access Australia and Alexandra Djurichkovic. Please refer to the full report available to download at utsescholarship.lib.uts.edu.au/ for all academic citations.