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Stoke Damerel Community College

Empowering Y9 Students: A Successful Performance with Beyond Face and With Flying Colours

On Thursday, June 22nd, a class of Year 9 students delivered a highly successful performance in collaboration with the renowned theatre company Beyond Face.

This performance was part of the 'With Flying Colours' partnership, a project initiated by the Plymouth Cultural Education Partnership (PCEP). The PCEP serves as a strategic collaboration between cultural, educational, community, and youth organizations in Plymouth, working together to enrich the city's cultural landscape.

With Flying Colours is a Plymouth Cultural Education Partnership (PCEP) project. The Plymouth Cultural Education Partnership (PCEP) is a strategic collaboration between cultural, educational, community and youth organisations across the city. The With Flying Colours group enables professional artists to work alongside a community or group equally to create something new. Students who participate within the project will use their ideas and experiences to make, shape and perform new plays/performance pieces that tell their own stories.

Over the last 10 months, students in Year 9 have been experiencing industry professionals coming into school and running various workshops including voice, movement and script work. Students then discussed ideas about the feeling of belonging and inclusion with the world. These ideas were formulated together by a script writer who produced a play called Jesse for the students to learn. This gave the students a real sense of empowerment as their ideas had been listened to and then developed into a script. 

Very few people listen to Jesse, yet Jesse has a connection with the world that many have forgotten. But Jesse too needs to change and adapt, This play explores our need to listen and reconnect with others as well as with our natural world. The heart of Jesse's world has been centered around the spaces he regularly visits in the SouthWest, his school life and the relationships and bonds he makes the long way. Join is to explore acceptance in a world of complexity. 

This project has been an invaluable learning experience for our students. They have developed their physical and vocal performative skills whilst rehearsing through the script to better themselves as actors. They have also understood what it takes to put on a production in regard to the line learning, lighting and sound effects, rehearsal and fine-tuning of the performance. Students have also been developing their ability to work productively with one another, improving upon their confidence, team-work, leadership, collaboration and communication skills. They have been a credit to not only the school but themselves also.

Congratulations to the Year 9 students for their remarkable achievement, and special thanks to Beyond Face, the PCEP, and all the professionals who dedicated their time and expertise to make this project a resounding success. The performance serves as a reminder of the power of the arts to inspire, empower, and ignite the imaginations of young individuals, leaving a lasting impact on their lives and the broader community.