Arc news: December 2009

Boy X by Clifford Oliver

Boy X by Clifford Oliver

Boy X by Clifford Oliver - the story so far

2009 has seen an incredible journey for Arc's latest anti-knife crime play - performing for Metropolitan Police Commanders and Government Ministers at the Empress State Building to the passing public at Waterloo Station! Here's the story...

 

The beginning

Boy X - the third in the powerful Stereo Trilogy written by Clifford Oliver and directed by Carole Pluckrose, was originally developed to build on the themes of Stereo and To Die For, exploring weapon-carrying, gang culture and violent crime.

The play is performed by four of Arc's dynamic young actors; Jordan Barrett, Tendayi Jembere, Michael Kofi, and Lee Vassell, who, along with actor Troy Glasgow, helped develop the story through workshops drawing upon real experiences of living on gang dominated estates.

Boy X was first performed on 17 February 2009 at EC1 Music Project in partnership with The Flavasum Trust, in memory of Tom Easton who was stabbed to death after leaving work there in September 2006. 

 

The audience

Over a total of 72 performances to date, Boy X with its accompanying follow-up discussion programme has been seen by almost 11,000 young people and adults across London and the South-East of England, including:

 

The response

“People think you are more protected if you have a knife, but you're not - it just brings you more trouble.”
Year 9 student, Hounslow school

"Thanks again for today's performance of Boy X. The performance was outstanding and really considered and questioned many issues surrounding knife crime and the ideas evoloved from gang/youth culture. It was all extremely well received by all of the students who were fortunate to be a part of this exciting and dynamic performance."
Jane Jn Baptiste, Drama Teacher, Dagenham Park Community School

"We thought you may wish to know that the value of this event has been evidenced by external examiners from an examination board who visited The Wycombe Grange last week. A stimulating discussion was held as part of a GCSE English Speaking and Listening Assessment - the examiner was very impressed, recognising the impact that the play had had on our students. We appreciate the generous funding from Thames Valley Police and would not hesitate in recommending this production to other organisations."
On behalf of staff and students: Mrs C Pritchard, Senior Teacher, The Wycombe and Chess Valley Grange

"I was privileged to be in the audience last evening and to experience such a powerful drama, performed by four compelling young men. I really hope that engaging with our young people at risk through such drama, complemented by the standing up of good role models, in homes, wider families, and the community, will see a way out of the descending spiral of senseless activity, violence and killing."
Robin Field-Smith MBE, HM Inspector of Constabulary (Personnel, Training & Diversity), HM Inspectorate of Constabulary

"Weapon-related crime, although rare on public transport, affects both victims' families and their communities and that is why we have a duty both to the victims and the public to take a tough approach to those who are caught carrying knives and to protect the vast majority of people who don't."
Superintendent Jim Little of British Transport Police

 

Boy X Trailer

 

To book Boy X
Let's keep Boy X running - the performance with follow-up discussion is available for booking now. To find out more, call Arc on 020 8594 1095 or download the Briefing Document.

Download full Boy X Briefing Document (PDF, 924k)

 

 For more information about the Flavasum Trust, visit: http://www.theflavasumtrust.org/partners/arctheatre.

Flavasum Trust


 

And finally...


Arc diary of events

Until 18 January '17
Sheltered Housing residents for Havering SNB
School for Scammers community safety drama programme

24 Jan - 9 Feb '17
London secondary schools for Barnet EBP
Conflict Resolution forum theatre

3 February '17
Plashet School, Newham
No More Whispers FGM awareness training

Feb - May '17
Secondary schools for Epping Forest District Council
Out of School drama workshops

Feb - May '17
Primary and secondary schools for Havering CCG
Lucky Me health & wellbeing drama programme

27 Feb - 14 Mar '17
Hertsmere District Council
School & community forum theatre

Until March '17
Secondary schools for Havering SNB
Broadcast internet safety forum theatre

6 - 10 March '17
Secondary schools for Camden Public Safety Team
Crossing Over road safety drama programme

15 March '17
Cumberland School, Newham
Two-Way Street forum theatre

20 - 31 Mar '17
Secondary schools for Havering SNB
Stop & Think stop & search awareness programme

20 Mar - 7 Apr '17
Secondary schools for Barking & Dagenham SNB
Stop & Think stop & search awareness programme

Until summer '17
Warren Comprehensive School, Dagenham
Prestige healthy relationships for girls weekly workshops

Throughout '17
Primary & secondary school staff
Arc's Female Genital Mutilation INSETs with Leyla Hussein

Throughout '17
B&D young people for LBBD MOPAC & Jack Petchey
Raised Voices female leadership programme

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