• Ben Drysdale

Bridges or Barricades Wrap Up

Image - Teaching Artist Ali Clinch with students at Kingsford Smith School after their Bridges or Barricades performance in 2017.

Rebus has just wrapped up our second Bridges or Barricades program, a tailor made Forum Theatre Program for schools in the ACT region. After running the program in 2017 at Kingsford Smith School, Teaching Artists, Ali Clinch and Sammy Moynihan, have just completed the program at Telopea Park School. The program runs for 10 weeks and tackles issues unique to an individual school’s community and culture.

During the program older students work with younger students to find out what kind of experiences they have with conflict in their day to day school lives. They use this information to develop an interactive theatre piece, that is then performed to the younger students, allowing them to work together to find solutions to the challenges they have been facing.

17 year 9/10 Drama Students developed the performance in consultation with 50 year 6/7 students. Some students experienced a vast change in their attitudes to self and their impact in the drama space and the wider school community. Others were quiet achievers but were clearly benefiting from the work demonstrating increase confidence and self- esteem over the course of the program.

The program aims to create a close community within the drama space, encouraging students to develop empathy for others in their class with a special focus on students with whom they wouldn’t not normally associate. The group achieved this community nicely, demonstrating care for one another throughout the final stages of the program and during performances.

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