Arc news: November 2011

Girl E by Clifford Oliver

Girl E by Clifford Oliver

Arc's new schools programmes for autumn/winter 2011


For primary schools for anti-bullying week and beyond:

Pranked by Clifford Oliver

Gemma and Prakash chat all the time to their schoolfriends on Facebook, just like many other young people. However, Gemma and Prakash are only 10, so they lied about their ages to set up their accounts. They didn't see the harm - didn't think their parents would find out, and they certainly didn't read section 3.6 of the Facebook terms on Safety: “You will not bully, intimidate, or harass any user”.


Gemma and Prakash didn't think about cyber-bullying, but discovered to their whole families’ cost how the internet can quickly turn into a powerful and dangerous place for unsuspecting children.

Pranked is a 60-minute performance and workshop programme designed for Primary Years 5 and 6, exploring bullying and victimisation in an honest and non-patronising way. The programme aims to raise awareness of the risks of technology misuse for young people and to offer helpful advice for dealing with the language and many faces of bullying in modern society. Pranked is available now and expertly delivered in school by Arc's senior facilitator and skilled actors. Contact Nita Bocking at Arc for full details.

Download full publicity: Pranked - tackling cyber-bullying for anti-bullying week (pdf, 160k)


... and for secondary schools:

Girl E by Clifford oliver - commissioned by British Transport Police
with LBBD tour funded by Metropolitan Police Authority

From gangster's moll to the honey in the honey trap, young women have always been involved in gang crime. Some are willing participants, others may see little or no alternative. Whether we see them as victims or perpetrators, many of these women experience unimaginable levels of physical and sexual violence.


Girl E is the third play in Arc's acclaimed Blade Trilogy by Clifford Oliver, following Boy X and Pact . It looks at the increasing number of young women who are becoming involved in gang activity, through the story of a 16 year-old girl who has experienced neglect, abuse and unspeakable degradation in her short life. With little parental support or guidance, she has found society in street gangs, reflecting the violence of her upbringing by committing violent acts against others. At a point in her life when she seeks to finally take control and change, can we offer her the support to do so?

Arc is hosting a special Girl E Gala evening at The Malthouse Studios, Barking on Thursday 10 November, during the first week of its tour to London schools. The play will be followed by a panel discussion with invited guests, including British Transport Police and the Metropolitan Police. There will be a collection on the evening to support our ambition to reach as many young people as possible with this play.

Places are strictly limited, but if you are interested in attending, please contact Nita Bocking at Arc stating the organisation you represent and your full contact details.

Arc’s Blade Trilogy, written by Clifford Oliver and directed by Carole Pluckrose, represents a journey of work exploring some of the most hard-hitting issues affecting young people, the community and our society today.

From youth violence and gang crime, to loyalty, trust and abuse, each play has been developed through talking with young people about their personal experiences. Each performance and workshop programme for ages 12+ offers an opportunity to explore difficult themes in a safe space. The play is followed by a lively discussion where young people are offered a safe forum to talk about their feelings, fears and the complex pressures they experience.

To find out more about Boy X, Pact and Girl E email Nita Bocking at Arc or call 020 8594 1095.

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The Blade Trilogy



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