For Anti-Bullying Week 2015, Tie-Dye Drama is launching a project offering FREE drama workshops to primary and secondary schools across the UK. From cyber bullying to stereotyping, the workshops will directly tackle attitudes to bullying and encourage young people to develop new perspectives on the issue through the dramas they create themselves.
“The theatre was created to tell people the truth about life and the social situation”
Founded in 2014, Tie-Dye Drama was set up to give young people opportunities to explore social issues through drama. We work throughout the UK to deliver drama workshops that explore relevant issues in the lives of young people. We believe that drama can be effective in sparking personal and social change in young people, and our workshops aim to do so whilst simultaneously developing their outlook, confidence and self-esteem.
The Children's Society recently found that children in England are more unhappy than those in almost every other country surveyed. This is partly because of the level of bullying and exclusion at school, which is damaging their wellbeing and affecting the next generation's mental health.
They're currently putting pressure on the government to do more to help schools tackle bullying, because of its massive impact on our young people... and that's where our project comes in!
We're offering free workshops, specifically designed to focus on drama activities that encourage groups of young people to see bullying from new perspectives. We believe, and have witnessed in our work, that drama is a powerful tool for building understanding and empathy with others. We'll give students the opportunity to explore different perspectives by working in smaller groups to develop performance pieces. By exploring real life situations like recognising, standing up to or reporting different types of bullying in a supportive environment, the young people we work with will have a chance to build their confidence in facing these situations and in challenging bullying within their own community.
To achieve our aim to reach over 300 students this November, we'll need to raise £2000. This funding will cover travel expenses, training, facilitator fees, marketing and communication materials as well as workshop resources.
Anti-Bullying Week is 16-20th November 2015. The theme is "make a noise about bullying". Pledge now to join us in helping young people make a noise about bullying!