Year 7 Drama Workshops

Posted on: 20/10/2014

We welcomed back Mr Paul Stevens into school today.  Paul Stevens has devised several one-man shows that tackles some serious and sensitive issues that young people have to learn to face.  Today Year 7 talked about bullying and its effects and the power of peer pressure and how you can deal with that. 

His drama workshop with Year 7 explored the issue of bullying and how it affects every one of the individuals involved.  Paul ensured that every child was included in the workshop with plenty of interaction and time to reflect on what had happened in the play. 

In each of the workshops, the pupil were asked to consider whether something is 'a laugh' and if others are joining in, is it OK? The pupils watched Paul act out a character called TIMVIC as he changes over time to LUBLY.  Pupils explored questions to discuss ideas such as 'Is it ok to be myself?', 'What if being myself means being different?', 'Do I like myself?' and 'Should I change or pretend to be like someone else?' 

Pupils were then asked to choose a comment they wanted to make to a partner even being given the option of being 'cruel' and reflect on the choice they made as well. 
This was a marvellous chance for our Year 7s to develop their ideas and beliefs and then be challenged about those thoughts about what is acceptable behaviour and understand how to become self-aware of your own actions and those of others. 

This was a really lively and engaging day of drama and thought-provoking discussion with the importance of the play's theme reinforce by plenty of humour.

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