March 17 2015

#noblurredlines Participatory Theatre Project

#noblurredlines

“ This work is so important, we are using creativity as a way of helping young people to deal with difficult issues in safe and supportive environments…”

(Alex Bowen, Director, Valley and Vale Community Arts)

We are excited to announce our new and groundbreaking participatory theatre project: #noblurredlines. Aimed at 16-24 year olds #noblurredlines is a powerful theatre performance addressing issues of sexual consent and compliance. Our research and ongoing work with local young people is continually unearthing a culture of confusion, entitlement and compliance around sexual relationships.

Given that this is a risky area to address, as professionals we have tailor-made this project to create a safe dialogue between our young people and professionals who can help:

“ …educate, prevent, and raise much-needed dialogue around the issues emerging…” 

(Ali Franks, Applied Theatre Practitioner, Valley and Vale Community Arts)

In the light of recent media coverage of convicted Welsh footballer Ched Evans, the Everyday Sexism Campaign and the controversy surrounding programmes such as Dapper Laughs, #noblurredlines gives our young people the choice to understand issues of rape and consent in a safe and supported environment, which they both need and deserve. The project also fulfils the requirements of The Welsh Government guidance document for the delivery of aspects of healthy and relationships and gender equality at post-16, which states that students should be given the opportunity to develop the skills to negotiate effectively in relationships with peers and adults and be assertive and resist unwanted peer and other influences.

The theatre event is accompanied by a iPhone/iPad app (search the app store for #noblurredlines) for the young people to download prior to the performance and workshops where they can be signposted directly to specialist agencies for help and support as well as finding out more about the project and submit their own feedback and thoughts on the subject. At each performance there will also be specialist support services for the young audiences.

Commencing with the Bridgend “Thinking about Sex” event at the Hi-Tide, Porthcawl on March 19th & 20th, #noblurredlines will go on to tour Bridgend 6th Forms before Easter.

This project was developed and devised by Ali Franks (Valley and Vale Community Arts) and Dr Tamasine Preece (Head of PSE, Bryntirion Comprehensive School and Freelance Social Media and Sexual Health Consultant). #noblurredlines has been endorsed by Keith Towler (Children’s Commissioner For Wales) and Bridgend Police Community Safety Partnership, and has been funded by The Arts Council of Wales, Communities First, and The Esmee Fairbairn Foundation.

The cast is made up of young Welsh actors who are excited to be part of such a ground- breaking project.

You can follow the live Twitter feed of the tour @Yes2Consent and follow the tour on Facebook at No Blurred Lines – Valley and Vale Community Arts.

For more information, or if you are interested in booking a performance, contact Ali Franks on 01656 729246 or email [email protected]

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