As part of Anti-Bullying Week 2009 the Drama Department were asked to run a number of Anti-Bullying workshops in local schools and groups. As the theme this year was “Stay Safe in Cyberspace” we used our Cyberbully DVD as a stimulus for a thought-provoking drama workshop. These workshops were run at Ynysawdre Comprehensive School, Bridgend PRU, young people from Studio 34 Skills Centre, and we will also be attending the Pencoed Comprehensive PSE day in December.
This month we will also be filming Sarah’s Story as part of our Beacon Award programme, supported by the Arts Council of Wales. This piece of film and theatre was initially performed to an invited audience in Bridgend and then in Bridgend Council, but will now be made into a film as there have been requests for it to be used by various professionals in training about Domestic Abuse issues. We are excited that this project will be made into a really useful resource and hopefully continue to raise awareness about the difficulties women face in trying to leave abusive relationships.
After much organising, many visits and a few false starts, we held the first of what we hope will be many workshops with refugees and asylum seekers at Trinity Church, Newport Rd, Cardiff. There is a special atmosphere at Trinity Church where drop-in days are held now three days per week and are attended by anything up to 80 people. The drama workshops will give participants the opportunity to make new friends and connections, help them to learn or improve their language skills and to share their stories and cultures. Many thanks to Sister Ruth, Jenny and all the volunteers at Trinity who work tirelessly to give the asylum seekers and refugees and their families a safe haven in a strange land.