The Koestler Trust Awards

This year the Citizens Theatre, specifically the Learning team have won a total of 6 awards for their work in prisons through the Koestler Trust. These awards are given to projects delivered both in the UK and internationally.

The Koestler Trust has been running an awards programme for offenders, secure patients and detainees for almost 50 years.

For our HMP Barlinnie project, Platform 2:10 we received:

- Gold for the Stage Play, which was written by inmates.
- Gold for Design and Technology - for the CD cover – in the product for use category.
- Highly Commended for the rap “Walkin’ Free” - in the hip hop category.

For HMP Greenock project, A Woman’s Place, we received:

- Bronze for the book “Dear Future” - under the category Life Story,
- Platinum for the music created for A Woman’s Place - under the category choral music.
- The play itself was Highly Commended - under the category of Drama

The Koestler is a very prestigious award and it’s a real scoop for the team to be recognised.

On 21 September, there will be a launch of an exhibition at the Royal Festival Hall, at the Southbank Centre in London. Work from our projects is being exhibited, with Kate Black and Elly Goodman (from Citizens Learning and TAG) attending.

You can find out more about Platform 2:10 and A Woman’s Place on our website. You can also listen to the amazing music written and performed by prisoners in Barlinnie on AudioBoo.