Leeds City College is working with a leading theatre company to create a performance that raises awareness of the government's Prevent agenda to schools and colleges across Leeds.
Prevent is part of the government’s counter terrorism strategy, designed to support people who are at risk of being drawn into extremism, potentially leading onto involvement in terrorist activity.
Over 20 acting, drama and applied theatre students will be taking part in this project to devise a powerful piece of theatre that addresses the Prevent strategy. The Paper Birds theatre company will be helping with the creative process of this project, offering their expertise and guidance on this sensitive topic.
The performance, which will be one of the first of its kind in the education sector, will then be toured across Leeds throughout January 2018.
Danielle Bailey, Curriculum Leader at Leeds City College, said: “We have taken the Prevent strategy as our stimulus and as a topic to explore that raises awareness of an important issue in our society."
“The performance emphasises the significance of mutual respect and tolerance for those from all faiths and beliefs as well as the importance of sharing any concerns individuals may have.”
“We’re excited to be working alongside the Paper Birds who have an excellent reputation for thought-provoking and political work. Having them supporting this project offers the students a fantastic opportunity to work with a professional theatre company to deliver a piece of challenging and highly sensitive theatre.”