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Welcome to the Family

No one wants to see a family member go to prison but if that happens then wouldn’t it be helpful to understand how that woman came to be on the wrong side of the law and what could prevent it happening again.

Somebody’s Daughter Theatre Company works to break negative cycles for women in prison and post-release. Their artistic model raises awareness of the issues leading to addiction, mental ill-health, family violence, homelessness, incarceration and institutionalisation.

“Somebody’s Daughter Theatre Company (SDTC) is grateful to receive support from the Victorian Women’s Trust for our intensive work with some of the most marginalised women in our society.

Through this project – ‘Welcome to the Family’ – SDTC offers women in prison the opportunity to share their own stories through the arts and raise awareness of the impact of abuse and poverty as issues leading to addiction, mental ill-health, family violence, homelessness, incarceration and institutionalisation.

‘Welcome to the Family’ allows participants to engage a wider audience, speak for themselves and create the positive change they want to see, both now and for future generations.”

Organisation: Somebody’s Daughter Theatre Company (SDTC)
Sub-Fund: Con Irwin
Amount: $9,237
Year: 2018/19


Following the 2018 performance of What Will It Take, women performers will create a music video telling their own stories. For women who have found themselves in dark places, this project offers a place to reclaim a part of their heart and soul and not be dismissed by prejudice or judgment. Through the creative development workshops and performances, SDTC has been able to establish a positive working relationship with the women in the prison and have already seen exceptional outcomes. Now they want to share that experience with a greater audience.

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