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May 2013

Do you know the facts surrounding ‘Sexting’?

Arc presents Broadcast – using Forum Theatre to explore sexting and cyberbullying for Years 7 to 9 – now available FREE to schools from 10 to 28 June, funded by Barking & Dagenham Serious Youth Violence Partnership.

sexting. The ‘exchange of sexual messages or images’ (Livingstone et al., 2011) and ‘the creating, sharing and forwarding of sexually suggestive nude or nearly nude images’ (Lenhart, 2009), through mobile phones and/or the internet.

Quantitative research on the subject has found participation figures among young people in the UK as wide as 15-40%.  However, quantitative research alone cannot offer in-depth understandings about the nature or complexity of this contemporary form of sexual expression or activity.  (Information taken from the report on sexting for the NSPCC, 2012).

Arc has devised an original programme – Broadcast – specifically created to inform young audiences of the facts surrounding sexting, raise awareness about the law and consequences, signpost relevant services, and equip young people with basic communication tools and reasoned arguments to enable them to make real change in their own choices and behaviours.

Download Broadcast flyer (pdf, 233k)

Using Arc’s highly powerful brand of interactive Forum Theatre, our professional actors will play out an initial scripted scenario, presenting the audience with a scene which reaches a heightened point of conflict.  The audience is then divided and invited to take on the point of view of one of the characters, instructing them on how to play out the rest of the scene. The session will aim to reach a place of resolution where all can come together to achieve positive outcomes and understand the benefits of healthy lifestyles.  This highly engaging theatre technique allows the audience to explore difficult and sensitive issues in a safe and inclusive environment.

Broadcast is touring for three weeks only this June, thanks to generous funding from Barking & Dagenham Serious Youth Violence Partnership and attached is a flyer giving more information about the programme.  It’s available on a first-come, first-served basis and places will be strictly limited.  To book, FREE OF CHARGE for your school, contact Arc on 020 8594 1095 or email nat@arctheatre.com