If there is “Cebu Dancing Inmates”, in the province of Ilocos Sur there is now “Ilocos Sur Acting Inmates”.
The Ilocos Sur Provincial Jail (ISPJ) showcases the talents of the selected prisoners as they perform in the stage play called “Misericordia”.
The play was initiated by Gov. Ryan Singson through the help of Immaculate Conception School of Theology, Christ the King Parish in Bantay Ilocos Sur and it was written and directed by Angelo Aurelio.
Misericordia means mercy. The play depicts the life of every individual especially the prisoners.
Inmates who played the main characters did their best to deliver the play pleasantly to the viewers. “I did not expect that our inmates have these amazing talents, they act like a professional stage play actors and actresses. If Cebu has dancing inmates, here in Ilocos Sur, we have the acting inmates”. Gov. Ryan expressed.
The stage play runs in 50 minutes. The production took two months to train the performers. The play has an approach of zarzuela to impart the Ilocano traditional arts. “Through the process of immersion in the development and rehabilitation of inmates, the play exemplifies the powerful role of theatre as catalyst for change”, said Mr. Aurelio.
This is the first performance of the Ilocos Sur Acting inmates which lasts for three days, from June 24-26, 2016 and also serves as the official launching of the ISPJ Theatre. It is expected that there are more performances to be staged by these talented inmates.
“We are thankful to the provincial government for bringing this endeavour to ISPJ. This will help a lot in boosting the morale of our inmates” Raymond Tabios, Provincial Jail Warden said.
The inmates express their heartfelt gratitude to the Provincial Government for trusting what they can do even if they are facing different serious criminal cases. They end the play with teary eyes, believing that every one of them deserves a chance to correct their mistakes and be freed from the bars. #