(Sept 2014- Present)
The arts are an excellent platform to encourage engagement with young pupils in a diverse context, particularly covering areas or issues of a sensitive nature. Using the visual & performing arts this project will look at developing Creative ways to engage with young pupils in raising awareness on the issue of Hate Crime, encouraging ownership, and the necessary support in developing their own ideas on how they can be a pro-active & responsible citizen. The activity delivered will include an interactive workshop, an animation film and a detailed resource pack.
Using various theatre & drama exercises/techniques the interactive workshops will stimulate debate, provide practical scenario’s and potential solutions to encourage and better equip these young people in their understanding of what we mean when we talk about a hate Crime? This practical workshop will address the issues such as ignorance, prejudice and complacency, in a safe yet challenging manner, offering diverse and creative ways of participating and debating this issue.
The Cartoon/Animation is based on 3 true stories of Disability Hate crime, which were experienced by 3 of our Theatr Ffynnon members and stem from the live theatre performance premiered at Chapter, Cardiff in 2012. This is a hard hitting subject, and the arts are an excellent platform to engage with young pupils in an interactive context. The workshop will be supported by statistical information via Gwent Police’s data, Stop Hate Crime UK, and Victim Support.