Local theatre company Sense Theatre has been awarded funding from Farnham Maltings Theatre and Waverley Borough Council to research and develop a new theatre piece on the subject of cyber bullying. Director Lauren Prentice explains; ‘I’ve wanted to create a theatre in education piece for some time, but without gaining funding towards the development of the piece it has not been possible. The cyber bullying subject is so current and with tragic stories such of that of Hannah Smith who was found hanged in her room after being a victim of cyber bullying we need to act now and act fast to educate young people about such an important subject and how to avoid becoming a victim. This funding will enable us to create the show and get it up and running in local schools.’
Sense Theatre is hoping to tour their show to local schools. The show will explore issues such as cyber bullying, sexting and peer pressure. Lauren says; ‘the show will be fully interactive and the young people in the audience will have the chance to get up on stage and solve some of the problems the characters face, it’s a great opportunity to get the message out there.’ The first step for this project is to start thoroughly researching topics for the performance. They are hoping to speak to psychologists, doctors, counsellors, teachers and parents who have any experience with cyber bullying.
Sense Theatre already runs after school clubs in thirty primary schools across Surrey and the South East and teaches drama to 1000 children each week. The aim of Sense Theatre is to enhance children’s confidence, self-esteem and team work skills through fun and engaging performing arts activities. In addition to the fantastic educational work they do, they also run themed children’s parties every weekend, making children’s birthdays extra special. The Cyber Bullying show marks the next step in an already thriving company.
The funding Sense Theatre has been awarded represents the next step in an already successful arts company. The company has only been running for 2 years and already employs 20 members of staff. The show will see Sense Theatre hiring 4 actors to tour the show and hopes that if the show is a success in the local area that the production can be toured nationwide. The next step for Sense Theatre will be to apply for additional funding to make this possible. Lauren adds; ‘this is such an exciting time for Sense! We just can’t wait to get started on what is going to be a fantastic piece of theatre and a great educational tool.’
Sense Theatre is looking to hear from as many people as possible with their experiences. If you would like to speak to Sense Theatre about the project or have been a victim of cyber bullying and would like to share your story please contact Lauren on 07557 657 045 or email firstname.lastname@example.org