Rosie and Moussa

© Wendy Marijnissen

Yesterday I had the immense privilege to go along and visit the help prison of Leuven together with the actors and musicians of ‘t Arsenaal. They were performing the play ‘Rosie and Moussa’ to inmates and their families during visitation hours there.

© Wendy Marijnissen

© Wendy Marijnissen

© Wendy Marijnissen

The play is about a little girl, who thinks her father is in a faraway land, but actually is in prison. After months of no communication and her mother hiding the truth from her, she receives a call from him and together with her best friend Moussa she decides to visit him in jail.

You get a different side of a prison story, through the eyes of a child, whose father is incarcerated.

The performance for the actual inmates with their loved ones really got me and touched me in different ways. A little girl kept turning around to her mother and father when she recognized herself in the story. A father in the front row kept lowering his head out of shame when the story became to familiar for him…

© Wendy Marijnissen

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