Helping young people explore issues of gender through drama
At Charcoalblue, we are proud to support causes and organisations that contribute to making the world a better place through the arts. We are particularly passionate about organisations that promote diversity and equality; so are thrilled about our most recent partnership.
‘Spark’ is an innovative arts education organisation that creates drama-based programmes to explore the issue of gender equality with young people. Their goal: Empower, challenge, and spark ideas for change.
Charcoalblue contributed £1,000 towards Spark’s latest project. ‘Stand Up Speak Out’ is a 10-week pilot project implemented in four schools across London, reaching 115 students for aged between 10 and 15 years.
The pilot was an in-depth research and development process, designed to see how drama could support dialogue on issues around gender. The goal: to be accessible to young people and empower them to speak out and engage in equality today and in the future.
Through the use of theatre games and exercises, a devised performance was created. This enabled not only the students to benefit from their experience, but to share their experience with their teachers, family and local community.
“I’ve learnt that even though things have changed for women, we still aren’t equal. I want to change that.”
The process also created a series of short videos that allow this experience to be shared digitally across schools in the UK and spread the learning further afield.
We can’t wait to see Spark grow this successful pilot program and reach more children across the UK.
To view the digital resource for schools created by Spark, click here.
“Stand Up, Speak Out invites young people to have a voice on equality and to engage with what it means today, yesterday and what it means for the future. I think they’re going to all come out of it feeling better above themselves and more confident to have a voice to share that. I’m sure that they’ll all leave feeling really proud of themselves”
Teacher - Chestnut Grove Academy