In Harm's Way (KS3-5)
90 minute session comprising of Play + interactive Lecture.
Performed to an entire year group.
25 Jan - 21 Feb 2021
(Book by 18 Oct '20 for Early Bird Discount)
"In Harm's Way" is available to book for morning & afternoon sessions.
How do the sessions run?
The play and lecture are performed by 3 professional actors.
We start with a 10 minute introduction, outlining the themes and clarifying the facts and any laws surrounding the topic, and inviting the students to answer questions and get involved.
The Play runs for 50 minutes. It is followed by a 30 minute interactive lecture, where students are encouraged to discuss some of the characters' choices. We replay some of the key scenes and they are invited to offer the character's advice.
What We Cover
We begin with an introduction and clarify some of the fact, figures and myths surrounding mental health.
The play follows the friendship of three year 9 students over a 2 year period and explores mental health, coping mechanisms & emotional well-being. Through separate struggles with "self-harm" in various forms including cutting, drugs, alcohol & online relationships; we explore the dangers, consequences and help available for some of these problems.
Following the play, the actors facillitate a 30 minute post-show lecture. We pick through the main issues and identify any questions prompted by the story. We replay key scenes from the play and invite students to impart advice to a character putting herself in risky situations by experimenting with drugs, alcohol and online relationships.
We use forum theatre to explore in further detail a scene between 2 friends - one is struggling with his emotional wellness and feeling sad, but his friend feels uncomfortable and unsure how to help. The students will have the opportunity to suggest actions to help each character & explore the role & level of responsibility of the friend as well as the person struggling.
There is a focus on mental health & self-harm and risky behaviour.
The play does have some challenging content & is designed for year 8 +
3 boxes, 3 actors in 1 car!
The actors arrive 30 minutes beforehand to sign in and set up, and pack down takes 15 minutes.
Because our products are centred around the strength of our fantastic actors, our set up is extremely simple and undisruptive.
No technical or electrical equipment or projectors required.
Included with the workshop
An accompanying workshop pack containing:
- Teachers further work pack
- (Preliminary & Post Show Resources outlining topics covered in the play.)
- Teachers Evaluation Form
Why is it so important to discuss mental health & self-harm with young people?
We all have mental health in the same way we have physical health, but sometimes it is not an easy subject to talk about with young people. And with 1 in 4 people in the UK suffering from a mental health condition in their lifetime, it is something we must talk about.
Statistics show than 1 in 4 adults will suffer from a mental health condition in their lifetime, 1 in 10 young people; and 50% of mental health conditions are established by 14 years old.
A YouGov/MQ and Forster survey in 2016 showed that 51% of young people would be embarrassed to talk about mental health.
Young Minds, PAPYRUS, Childline & NSPCC have all said 'more open and frank conversations should be encouraged with children.
According to The Children's Society's 'Good Childhood Report' - rates of self-harm among children are "worryingly high" with 16% (of more than 11,000 14-year-olds surveyed in the Millenium Cohort Study) reporting that they had self-harmed in the last year.
In Harm's Way invites students not only to observe and invest in the characters' stories, but to advise - this pro-active approach will encourage them to apply this advice in their own lives.