Safe Ground - Using drama to educate prisoners and young people at risk in the community


Meet our Freelancers

David Kendall

David Kendall is a specialist in engaging people who do not think that reading is for them. Throughout the last two decades he has worked on a wide variety of projects with prisoners, looked after children, and rough sleepers. He is currently Patron of reading at HMP Erlestoke where he works with the men to organise Penned Up: an annual two-week festival of art, books, and music. He is a facilitator for Safe Ground’s Fathers Inside programme.

Dino Jacovides

Dino Jacovides has been working as a drama facilitator and filmmaker for the past 17 years. He has extensive experience in practical delivery and is always looking for new ways to fuse film with drama in hard to reach environments.  He continues to work in prisons, community engagement and with charities, advocating creative ways to explore choice and change.

Gergo Danka

Gergo has been working in theatre, as well as applying creative drama techniques in a wide variety of settings for nearly 20 years. Born out of frustration with the limitations of a professional actors’ career, he has been developing his work in applied drama and theatre to achieve personal change and growth. His recent and current work stretches from corporate, medical and legal role plays and training facilitation, through a growing body of work within the criminal justice system (workshops with Geese TC, prison delivery with Rideout, Safe Ground and Unlock Drama) all the way to his nearly complete MA training in drama psychotherapy at the University of Roehampton.

Rachel McMurray

Rachel McMurray is a freelance theatre practitioner, based in the North West, creating theatre for, and with, a variety of communities and individuals. She is committed to directing and devising theatre which rouses conversation and stimulates social change. She is an experienced performer, facilitator, director, and script-writer and regularly works with young offenders, prisoners, vulnerable adults, professional actors, students and more.





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