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Prison percussion troupe to perform Taipei show

TAIPEI--A percussion troupe composed of inmates from Changhua Prison will perform in Taipei Aug. 4 to end a tour that has provided these aspiring artists with a professional platform to showcase their talent, Taiwan's U-Theatre said yesterday.

“These performances are a different kind of therapy,” said Liu Ruo-yu, artistic director of the Taipei-based U-Theatre, which trained the inmates from the central Taiwan prison.

They give the inmates confidence and help them reflect on their problems and find their own connections with society,” Liu said at a press conference.

The performance in Taipei is the last leg of a tour sponsored by Nan Shan Life Insurance Co. that began in May. The troupe has so far performed in Kaohsiung, Tainan, Taichung and New Taipei.

U-Theatre, a percussion art group, began offering drumming lessons to Changhua Prison inmates in 2009 as part of the prison's program to encourage reform through art. The inmate troupe has held several public performances since then.

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