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BIRDS EYE VIEW: PRISON STORIES

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Co-created with women in the Darwin Correctional Centre, Birds Eye View takes you beyond the stereotypes and razor wire to the muster yard, where women reflect on their lives before, during and after prison. Walk with them as they loop the loop, through poetry, love, betrayal and their prison home.

Part walking tour, part audio essay, this immersive listening experience collapses the walls between insiders and out, giving you a rare and intimate view of life behind bars.

This event is part of InsideOUT, a two-year audio storytelling project that supports incarcerated women to share their stories with audiences inside and outside prison. Using a blend of theatre, song, audio storytelling and community cultural development, women learn new skills in oral and audio storytelling, working together to create Birds Eye View – a podcast and public listening event about their lives.

The name Birds Eye View was chosen by the women because in their words ‘We’re the jail birds and this is gonna give people a new perspective on our lives.’ Exploring three questions – Who are we really? How did we get here? and Where to next?, the women take you on a journey into the Darwin Correctional Centre and their lives.

Delivered by award-winning author and director, Johanna Bell, with Leah Sanderson (previously Shakespeare Prison Project) and Cinnamon Nippard (Audiocraft), the storytelling process encourages women to think reflectively, make meaning from their actions, strengthen connections with family back home and actively participate in messaging about alcohol harm minimisation.

StoryProjects is a Darwin-based production house specialising in connecting communities through storytelling. Now in its fifth year, StoryProjects is the founder and producer of the much-loved live storytelling and podcast project, SPUN Stories, innovative listening parties, ATMOS, Australia’s first prison podcast created by women, InsideOUT and OCTOPUS, a story camp for Top End artists and writers from diverse backgrounds. Founded and directed by Johanna Bell, StoryProjects seeks to disrupt, surprise and connect.

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  • Photo Jett Street

Proudly supported by Northern Territory Department of Health and Northern Territory Correctional Services and the Australia Council for the Arts.

With support from Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory.

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