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Pirate play helps tackle school bullying problems

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: March 20, 2014

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YOUNGSTERS across South Derbyshire have been watching a specially designed play in a bid to inspire them to tackle bullying in schools

Jamie Hind, Philippa Buchanan, Lauren Morton and Rachael Hammond formed the Discovery Team Theatre Company after finishing their degrees in 2013 at the University of Derby

The company was awarded £16,000 worth of funding from the Derbyshire police and crime commissioner Alan Charles to tour their piece, The Dilemmas of Pirates, across the area.

The group is hoping to have made a real impact on the youngsters, showing them the impact of gang culture, not only on themselves but the outside community, leaving them ‘empowered to make the right decisions and knowing who can help them’.

Ms Morton, of Discovery Team Theatre, said: “Bullying is a real problem and can have a long-lasting effect on young people.

“We want to raise awareness and find solutions through the arts.

“We used our performances to take the children on a journey, introducing them to characters that have been the victims of theft and letting them decide whether the victims get their possessions back or not.

“This allowed the children to see the consequences of their actions played out in front of them.

“They then looked deeper into the subject of gangs, looking at why people join gangs, what happens and who influences the choices we make.

“We had some brilliant responses from children, such as ‘just because you are bad it doesn’t mean you can’t change’, ‘I realised our gang is wrong and I want to leave’ and ‘it has made me think about how I have been treating others’.

“It is amazing to be given the opportunity to use the arts to make a positive effect on the lives of young children and also the Derbyshire community.”

The foursome were creative expressive therapy/joint honours degree students who took theatre arts applied drama modules at Derby Theatre.

More information on the group and their latest play is available by visiting http://discoveryteamtheatre.com/

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