Prison Ministry

“I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me” – Mathew 25:36

What We Do

Oddments has been working in conjunction with prison chaplains for over 20 years, taking the Christian message into prisons such as Guys Marsh, Erlestoke & Leyhill. For many inmates, watching our performance is their first exposure to the message in many years, for some the first ever. We believe that the prisons are the most rewarding places to perform as the inmates are often very open to the life changing word. Each outreach is carefully organised with the chaplain, and in many of the performances we are able to talk and pray with the inmates afterwards. We work in all category prisons and have performed in over 30 prisons over the years. We are always looking to expand our prison circuit.

Since Covid-19, we have been able to send Drama DVDs- a 30min program of different sketches based on parables and gospel stories- and Christian books to prisons across the South of England, so that inmates can enjoy them from their chapel library.  

Productions

We take a collection of sketches into prisons, including modern re-tellings of Biblical parables and stories about forgiveness and guilt. We use a range of performance styles, from song to mime to storytelling so that each inmate has something they can connect to.

‘For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life… nor things present, nor things to come… shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.’ – Romans 8:38-39

How to Support Us

We don’t charge prisons for our visits, making our theatre accessible to everyone. All of the funding for these visits comes from donations from our audience members at our main shows, and our sponsors who give monthly.

To find out more about donating, see our donation page or consider becoming a supporter.

Want to talk to us about arranging a prison performance? Get in touch here!