Rebecca – Founder and Director

Rebecca, Unlock Drama’s Director, first started studying Applied Theatre in 2008 during her BA Honours in Drama. Rebecca received a 2:1 degree from Loughborough University in 2009. After graduating Rebecca completed two years volunteer work in the community with hard-to-reach groups such as: young people at risk of offending, recovering drug addicts, the homeless and ex-offenders.

Rebecca has over seventeen years drama experience, over nine years facilitating drama with hard-to-reach groups and has been facilitating theatre full-time in the Criminal Justice System for over 9 years working with: young offenders, adult male and female prisoners and sex offenders.

In 2011, Rebecca began a Masters in Applied Theatre specialising in the Criminal Justice System at The Royal Central School of Speech of Drama in London (RCSSD). After graduating in 2012 Rebecca began an 18 month full time drama residency at HMPYOI Doncaster facilitating theatre with serving prisoners aged 18 plus. In 2014 Rebecca set up Unlock Drama and began facilitating projects across the prison estate. Rebecca now mainly focuses on project development and management, training, hosting placement students and visiting lecturing.

Ruth – Financial and Development Director

Ruth has 25 years background as an IT consultant within the banking and insurance sectors. During this time, Ruth gained invaluable experience in the relationships and communication between user departments and the systems software implementation teams, during IT projects. Ruth’s career took a different turn, when after one of her children was diagnosed to be on the Autistic Spectrum, she became interested in developmental education. Ruth retrained as a teacher and worked in the special education sector for 10 years.

Ruth has always been passionate about enabling all individuals, regardless of their backgrounds, life experiences or special needs, to reach their full potential.

Her role in the organisation is to liaise with Unlock Drama’s accountants, George Hay, and to ensure that the plan for Unlock Drama to reach a wider variety of participants both in the community and prison estate is fulfilled.

Charley – Lead Drama Facilitator

Charley is a trained theatre facilitator/director and has been working within the Applied Theatre field for seven years. In 2016 she graduated with a Masters in Applied Theatre in the Criminal Justice System from RCSSD. She has worked in a variety of settings including: Special Educational Needs Schools (SEN), Emotional Behavioural Schools (EBD), PRUs and Prisons.

Throughout her career she has developed and delivered numerous drama and creative arts workshops throughout the criminal justice system including female, male and young offenders across Malta and England.

In 2018/2019 Charley worked as a Drama and Personal Social Development Offender Learner Lecturer at HMP/YOI Brinsford. In 2019 Charley began facilitating freelance projects for Unlock Drama delivering our restoring family ties and issue-based projects such as psychoactive substances awareness, violence reduction and mental health; across the prison estate including HMP Oakwood, HMP Peterborough, HMP Onley, HMP Hewell, HMPYOI Swinfen Hall and HMP Send.

Charley strongly believes in the positive impact theatre and the creative arts can have on an individual’s well-being whilst increasing moral and enabling people to learn and grow.

Beth – Lead Drama Facilitator

Beth is a drama facilitator with over five years’ experience who strongly believes in the power of the Arts. She has freelanced for Unlock Drama since 2018 and has facilitated varies issue-based theatre projects (such as Violence Reduction and Psychoactive Substance Misuse) across the prison estate, including at: HMP Peterborough, HMP Swinfen Hall and HMP Bronzefield. Beth has an MA in Applied Theatre, specialising in the Criminal Justice System, from the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. Beth has previously volunteered at Clean Break Theatre Company.

Beth enjoys using the Arts to work with socially excluded groups and understands the challenges and complex behaviour that can be present. She has experience of working with offenders, ex-offenders, youth offenders, those with poor mental health, those experiencing homelessness, and those with SEMH (Social, emotional and mental health) and SEND (special educational needs and disabilities). Beth also facilitates her own prison theatre projects and other applied theatre work outside of her work with Unlock Drama.

Freelance Drama Facilitators

Unlock Drama has a pool of facilitators with Applied Theatre experience and qualifications or adequate relevant experience who are trained by Rebecca Boden or Lead Facilitators by working on-site as freelance Co-Facilitators. All staff complete necessary vetting and safeguarding training at institutions as and when required. Staff comply with health and safety regulations and adhere with each establishments rules and regulations.