About Second Shot Who We Are

Second Shot is a film and theatre production company working with a combination of serving prisoners, ex-offenders and industry specialists to deliver our range of services in custodial and non-custodial settings.

Although we’re a company and trade for profit, as a social enterprise, all of that profit is invested back into our projects. We’re committed to providing education, training and employment to serving prisoners and ex-offenders and using the arts to facilitate positive change and reduce re-offending through innovative and bespoke study programmes and arts projects.

The Services We Offer What Can Second Shot Do For You?

The Team

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Cat Jones

Founder

Cat Jones is the founder of Second Shot. In 2012 she was awarded a...

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Fliss Buckles

Artistic Director

Fliss is Second Shot's Artistic Director, overseeing all client work and...

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Alex Ingram

Creative Assistant

Alex Ingram started his theatre career in western Kenya where...

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Saxon Rix

Creative Assistant

Saxon Rix is a freelance filmmaker who works regularly with Second Shot...

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Why Choose Us? What Makes Us So Different?

Having a job is identified as one of the biggest factors in re-offending and currently half of all prisoners released will return to custody within a year. Given that the yearly cost to the taxpayer of having one person incarcerated is £40K, that’s everyone‘s problem! But we’re not asking for hand outs, rather that you use Second Shot to provide a top quality service at a competitive price. If you like spending your money in a way that gives people a second chance and ultimately makes communities safer, then I’m guessing we’re the company for you! 

As we primarily operate within the walls of a prison, we are able to offer a creative perspective that isn’t available in the outside world. Our team are able to call on their life experiences and use this knowledge to provide a truly ‘out of the box’ approach to creative thinking.


Fliss Buckles

Fliss Buckles

Fliss is Second Shot's Artistic Director, overseeing all client work and leading strategic development. She helped set up Second Shot as the first prison-based social enterprise in the country to offer its serving prisoner employees the opportunity to study the Level 3 BTEC in Creative Media Production.
 
Fliss has more than ten years' experience in business management and teaching, leading hundreds of students to success in media-related subjects.
 
Fliss is a film producer/director whose MA documentary short 'Back on Road', won Best Documentary at the Exeter University Film Awards 2012 and was screened at the Soho Short and Aesthetica Film Festivals 2012.
 
Fliss produced the award-winning stage play ‘Glory Dazed’ by Cat Jones. ‘Glory Dazed’ was produced at Edinburgh Fringe Fest 2012 with Old Vic New Voices, winning the Holden Street Theatre Award which took it to Adelaide for 5 weeks in 2013, where it won Critics Choice 'Best Play', after which it transferred to Soho Theatre.
 
Fliss acted as producer/director on her first fiction short 'Cushy', co-directed/written by Cat Jones, which won the Yorkshire Short Film Award at the Leeds International Film Festival 2014.

Cat Jones

Cat Jones

Cat worked as a prison advisor on two series of PRISONER'S WIVES (Tiger Aspect/BBC). Her TV writing credits include DOCTORS, WATERLOO ROAD (Shed/BBC), YOUNGERS 2 (Big Talk) for which she also wrote a music track, TATAU (Touchpaper/BBC). Cat also wrote FLEA, one of three original short films commissioned for BBC iPlayer. Cat also has a number of original projects in development including two projects for BBC Inhouse, one of which is based on an idea by Idris Elba.
 
In 2011, Cat won the BBC Alfred Bradley Award for Radio Drama with GLORY DAZED, which she subsequently adapted for the stage. GLORY DAZED was produced at Edinburgh Fringe Fest 2012 as part of the Old Vic New Voices season, winning the Holden Street Theatre Award, which took the production to Adelaide for 5 weeks in 2013, where it won the Critics Choice Award, after which it transferred to Soho Theatre Upstairs. .
 
Cat took part in the Old Vic’s 24 Hour Plays at the end of 2012 and was the winner of the 2013 Pearson Playwright Award. Her play THE NATIVES is being developed by the Old Vic under the TS Eliot Commissions Project. Cat is also adapting STREETDANCE for the stage, for West End producer Adam Spiegel Productions. Her radio play HANG DOG was broadcast on R4 (2013). Cat wrote and co-directed a short film called CUSHY in 2014, which won the Yorkshire Short Film Award at the Leeds International Film Festival.

Saxon Rix

Saxon Rix

Saxon Rix is a freelance filmmaker who works regularly with Second Shot as a creative assistant. Saxon’s main skills include cinematography and editing as well as visual effects work. He completed his BA in Moving Image Production in July 2012 receiving a ‘First with Honours’.
 
He won an award for a music video completed while at University and continues to get involved in competitions in order to keep his skills sharp. At Second Shot he guides the prisoners in their filmmaking process while also holding regular workshops with them to further their knowledge.

Alex Ingram

Alex Ingram

Alex Ingram started his theatre career in western Kenya where he set up a forum theatre company working with young people in the Slums of Nyalenda. Together they toured schools and marketplaces aiming to empower young people and give them a voice through the use of theatre.
 
Inspired by this experience he went on to study at The Royal Central School Of Speech and Drama where he trained as a theatre practitioner. Amongst other creative projects, Alex now works in prisons using theatre as a tool for rehabilitation and to reduce reoffending. He particularly enjoys the collaborative devising process and use of forum theatre. "For me it's not about therapy or transformations, it's about making high quality theatre in a professional environment. I believe working in this product driven approach to have excellent results with the prisoners. There may well be a transformative and positive process, but the performance is always the focal point to any project.".

Glory Dazed Reviews 2012

GLORY DAZED 2012 REVIEWS

Glory Dazed has received many great reviews throughout its tour. Here is a handful of them from 2012 for you to enjoy.

THE ARTS JOURNAL

'This new play from Second Shot Productions, presented as part of the Old Vic New
Voices season at the Underbelly, can be counted

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BRITISH THEATRE GUIDE

'Everyone involved in this tremendous Old Vic New Voices production is to be congratulated'
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BROADWAY BABY

'This is quite simply an astonishing production'
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EDINBURGH GUIDE

'It’s rare that you come across a play that produces so much tension that you fear
for your safety and the safety of those around you'

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EXAMINER

'Go see it because Glory Dazed is hairs standing on the back of your neck, rivetingly good theatre'
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FESTMAG

'The cast is excellent, and Samuel Edward-Cook particularly shines as the often repulsive but sympathetic Ray'
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IDEASTAP

NO RATING GIVEN
'an explosive performance from Samuel Edward-Cook as “wounded lion” Ray.'
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METRO

'Jones skillfully sustains dramatic tension'
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THE SCOTSMAN

'Glory Dazed, a play by Second Shot’s artistic director and writer Cat Jones, is one of
five new dramas chosen for the prestigious Old Vic New Voices (OVNV) project'

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THE STAGE

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'The aggression flows as freely as the vodka in Cat Jones’ Glory Dazed.'
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THEATRE EXTRA

'A brilliant play well performed that I'd thoroughly recommend.'
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THREE WEEKS

'The four-strong cast are captivating in their roles'
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Glory Dazed Reviews 2013

GLORY DAZED 2013 REVIEWS

Glory Dazed has received many great reviews throughout its tour. Here is a handful of them from 2013 for you to enjoy.

THE GUARDIAN

War comes home in a grim and gripping lament for the forgotten soldier'
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TIME OUT

'Unhinged psychopathy often comes accompanied with a touch of depth and frailty on the stage,'
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EXEUNT

'Cat Jones’s Glory Dazed is so beautifully-judged and gripping a piece that I got completely swept away'
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BRITISH THEATRE GUIDE

NO RATING GIVEN
ts study of a traumatised soldier back from Afghanistan is frighteningly real and relevant'
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WHATS ON STAGE

'The cast of Glory Dazed have managed to hone what was already a superb production when it ran at the Edinburgh Fringe last summer'
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ONE STOP ARTS

'Intense, electrifying, brilliant: Glory Dazed at the Soho Theatre'
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LONDONIST

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'Cat Jones’ Glory Dazed is a stunningly intense and brilliantly paced tale'
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BARGIAN THEATRELAND

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'Glory Dazed is extraordinary, simple in its construction but with content that is complex, intense and thought-provoking.'
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THE LONDON MAGAZINE

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'an intense, intimate, hour-long drama that works well.'
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PLAYSTOSEE.COM

'This is a poised piece of drama, marked out by a tremendous capacity to be by turns shocking and tender.'
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THE UPCOMING

'Cat Jones’ script fizzes with ideas and isn’t afraid to tackle the complex arguments raised by such a divisive topic.'
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THE PUBLIC REVIEWS

'A great piece, sharply written and excellently acted. A gem at the top of the Soho Theatre.'
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