Talk 14 with Charlie Ryder - Forgiveness breeds compassion, from prison to puppets

Communicating transparently with Charlie Ryder. In Oct 1993 Charlie took part in a demonstration to shut down the BNP in Welling. This developed into a serious riot & he was sent to prison for 16 months. This talk is a magical talk of forgiveness and how he uses puppets to tell his story.

I was introduced to Charlie through a friend who had met him at a puppet workshop. She thought we would get along and was inspired by Charlie's story so I arranged a meet up for tea as I do. Charlie does have a great story to share and we had a few things in common, not just the fact we have both spent time behind bars but also we see the worth and magic in others who may have given up on themselves and which society see as outcasts.

I asked Charlie to join me on the Sofa to share his story but he wasn't instantly bought on the idea until I asked if we could make puppets and have puppets on the Sofa. With this his face lit up and he agreed.

Pedro and Simon then spent two days making puppets to bring you this transparent talk.


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