Rob­bins helps pris­on­ers break out

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - PLAY -

Shaw­shank Re­demp­tion star Tim Rob­bins (pic­tured) is head­ing back be­hind bars to give act­ing lessons to pris­on­ers. Rob­bins, who played jailed banker Andy Dufresne in the 1994 clas­sic, is hold­ing weekly classes for in­mates at the medium-se­cu­rity Cal­i­for­nia Re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion Cen­ter in Norco, Cal­i­for­nia. The classes are run by The Ac­tors’ Gang, a the­atre com­pany set up by screen stars in­clud­ing Rob­bins in 1981. ‘‘They’re asked to do things they’ve never been asked to do in their life – open up emo­tion­ally, and put make-up on and cos­tumes on,’’ Rob­bins says.

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