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 and completed her MA in Film Studies at Exeter in 2011, receiving a Distinction for her dissertation film Back on Road, a short that explores the release process at HMP & YOI Doncaster through the eyes of three prisoners as they prepare for release and the impact the system has upon their lives. Back on Road won Best Documentary at the Exeter University Film Awards 2012 and was shortlisted in the Soho Short and Aesthetica Film Festivals 2012.
Fliss is currently working on her first fiction short for production in 2014.
Cat Jones is the founder of Second Shot Productions. In 2012 she was awarded a Butler Trust Award by HRH Princess Royal for her work in prisons.
Cat’s first play Rendered was runner-up in the Theatre503/Old Vic New Voices Award. In 2011 Cat won the BBC Alfred Bradley Bursary for radio drama for Glory Dazed. The play was produced at the 2012 Edinburgh Festival Fringe in partnership with Old Vic New Voices where it was awarded the Holden Street Theatres’ Award that saw it transfer to the 2013 Adelaide Fringe. It will also tour to Soho Theatre in 2013. Other theatre includes: Shorty (National Youth Theatre); The Natives (Old Vic New Voices 24 Hour Plays).
Cat has been part of the Royal Court’s advanced studio group and Channel 4’s 4Screenwriting programme. She is currently commissioned by Radio 4 and the Manchester Royal Exchange where she is Pearson Playwright in Residence.
Vanice works for Second Shot Productions as a Senior Associate and oversees the day to day running of the business. Prior to joining Second Shot Vanice taught Media and Television Production at The Manchester College and ICT in HMYOIs in the North West and Midlands.
Before qualifying as a teacher, Vanice worked in the television industry on live news shows and popular soaps for local and national broadcasters as a technical assistant in addition to producing radio programmes on local frequencies.
Vanice has worked as a freelance media practitioner specialising in post-production and has made several short films with youth groups in the North West and Yorkshire area, receiving a First Light Awards nomination and Big Story, Little Film nomination/win.
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.
Rebecca currently works as a Creative Assistant for Second Shot Productions; her role includes overseeing the production of prison magazine ‘Lockdown’ and training prisoners in drama facilitation.
Rebecca completed her MA in Applied Theatre, specialising in the Criminal Justice System at Central School of Speech and Drama in 2012, following the completion of her Drama BA at Loughborough and two years of volunteering within the Criminal Justice System for companies including Clean Break, Synergy, Escape Artists and The National Youth Theatre.
Rebecca also has skills in directing, stage-management, singing and acting and has played lead roles in ‘Trojan Women’ starring as Hecuba, ‘Cat on a Hot Tin Roof’ playing Maggie, ‘Peer Gynt’ performing as Aase and Verity in ‘Find Me’.
Glory Dazed has received many great reviews throughout its tour. Here is a handful of them from 2012 for you to enjoy.
'Everyone involved in this tremendous Old Vic New Voices production is to be congratulated'
'This is quite simply an astonishing production'
'It’s rare that you come across a play that produces so much tension that you fear
'Go see it because Glory Dazed is hairs standing on the back of your neck, rivetingly good theatre'
'The cast is excellent, and Samuel Edward-Cook particularly shines as the often repulsive but sympathetic Ray'
'Jones skillfully sustains dramatic tension'
'A brilliant play well performed that I'd thoroughly recommend.'
'The four-strong cast are captivating in their roles'
Glory Dazed has received many great reviews throughout its tour. Here is a handful of them from 2013 for you to enjoy.
'Unhinged psychopathy often comes accompanied with a touch of depth and frailty on the stage,'
'Cat Jones’s Glory Dazed is so beautifully-judged and gripping a piece that I got completely swept away'
'The cast of Glory Dazed have managed to hone what was already a superb production when it ran at the Edinburgh Fringe last summer'
'Intense, electrifying, brilliant: Glory Dazed at the Soho Theatre'
'This is a poised piece of drama, marked out by a tremendous capacity to be by turns shocking and tender.'
'Cat Jones’ script fizzes with ideas and isn’t afraid to tackle the complex arguments raised by such a divisive topic.'
'A great piece, sharply written and excellently acted. A gem at the top of the Soho Theatre.'