Reverend Geraldine Buckley warmly thanks everyone for coming in a sweet, crisp British accent as the audience settles in for her one-woman show, Destination? Slammer! She begins by telling us that sometimes, “There are nights that change everything.”
Given the title, a polite, smartly dressed Englishwoman was the least of my expectations. That seems to be the point. Once a student at a British convent, Geraldine goes through a series of life paths in her youth, none of which she feels right in. However, she finally finds her place after volunteering at a poetry workshop in a maximum-security prison by a friend’s request, and eventually becomes a Chaplain at a men’s security prison. She inspires the inmates and builds friendships with them, and through the way she tells their stories, it is clear that her respect and love for them is sincere.
These unlikely friendships leave an impact, and she shows her audience that creativity and art (in this case, poetry) can build a bridge between anyone, no matter what their background is. Geraldine’s true-life story is a compelling one, and she delivers it with zest and flair. An engaging and enjoyable performance.
Running time: 75 minutes
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