One Vision Housing’s ‘dramatic’ approach to youth engagement
Published by haydow for One Vision Housing in Communities and also in Education, Housing
Performers in the OVH play about 'what is normal'
Merseyside-based One Vision Housing, part of the Sovini Group, has taken a dramatic approach to youth engagement and educating about the topic of bullying.
The housing association has been working with local Mojo Theatre Company and drama students from local South Sefton College to create a drama performance about ‘what is normal’; approaching the issues of the ‘social norm’, tolerance and acceptance of people being different.
Marie Morgan, Youth Engagement Officer at One Vision Housing, said: “We chose to work with South Sefton College because it’s situated in the heart of our community and is a partner collage of the majority of the schools in the local area.”
“When working with the drama students it became apparent that they themselves had faced experiences of bullying and isolation during their own time at secondary school. They used these experiences to bring the performance to life, creating a play around a diverse range of issues.”
The play was made up of three different stories, about issues including sexuality, learning disabilities and physical appearance. It conveyed how society generally deals with people who “don’t fit in” and how people’s attitudes can have tragic consequences.
The play is touring the local area and visiting a number of other schools. It has already been performed at St Ambrose Barlow High School and received great feedback from the students and the teaching staff.
Assistant Headteacher of St Ambrose Barlow High School, Miss Amanda Hale, said: “The play went down extremely well. It certainly helped the students think about the way they perceived and treated each other, which was evident during the question and answer session afterwards. I would certainly recommend other schools to see the performance.”
OVH and South Sefton College are happy to perform the play to other local schools. If your school is interested, please call Marie Morgan on 0300 365 1111.