Prison and Post Release

SDT has been working with women in Victorian Prisons in performance and visual arts since 1980.

SDT is the only company in Australia undertaking contemporary theatre and visual arts practice with an annual public presentation of the work within the women’s prison system.

“Having been involved in theatre for 10 plus years, I have seen a lot. I have never been so moved, inspired and completely immersed in any production (theatre or film) before. I am so grateful to have witnessed the play tonight”.  (F 34 Theatre Producer)

While the company has evolved it still operates on the same principle as it did when it began. The work has nothing to do with changing people, it is not to pathologise behaviour – it is to create. To create exceptional theatre/art/film with individuals who are in the main excluded.

“It has had a huge impact on my jail time. It is one of the few spaces where I’m free to be me – without defences and masks.”
“I think this is the first thing I have ever started and actually seen through to completion! Getting recognition for doing the work with Somebody’s Daughter means that a Criminal Record Number, name and crime is not the only label I carry…”

See ABC News article on SDTC’s work in Dame Phyllis Frost Centre

No More Hiding In Silence

No More Hiding in Silence was adapted from a scene from the play Expectant, which was devised and performed by the women in the Dame Phyllis Frost maximum security prison in 2016.

We made this film clip to bring the voices and experiences of the women we work with to a much wider audience. We hope to bring greater awareness to a key issue that leads to a cycle of addiction and incarceration for many women and young people. Women in prison stand with those who speak out against domestic violence and want their unique perspective to join the growing movement for change.

As a valued supporter of the company we share this video with you and hope that you will share it far and wide.