Well it is that time again and we have come to the end of this school year! This year has been a very exciting year for Act On Info as we have now branched out overseas and will be providing Shakespeare drama workshops in International Schools across the world on a regular basis. We had an amazing time at the International School of the Hague and next term we are very much looking to going to Harrow International School in Hong Kong to complement their Shakespeare Festival. Keep an eye on our website as we will be updating it over the summer holidays with a new section designed to show what we can offer to International Schools.
Also next term we will again be delivering our theatre shows and drama workshops about energy efficiency as part of Peterborough Powerdown fortnight and we wanted to say a special thank you to Jenna Hiley who has been our fabulous contact at Peterborough City Council for the past two years, Jenna is leaving to become a geography teacher and we wish her well in her new profession.
A couple of weeks ago we received the great news that we will be getting funding from the Forced Marriage Unit of the government to continue our work educating young people on forced marriage. Following on from the successful Free2Choose 2013 conference our work will be extended to reach more young people in schools across Manchester and will include training for staff and pupils, creative work devised by pupils to educate peers on the subject, peer mentoring schemes and the finale will be the Free2Choose 2014 conference. We will be working in partnership with charity Stockport Without Abuse, Manchester City Councillor and forced marriage survivor Sameem Ali and the fabulous youth worker and trainer Jo Lane.
As well as all the longer projects in the pipeline we will be continuing our one off curriculum based drama workshop days in primary and high schools across the country. Bookings are already flooding in for our specialist anti-bullying drama workshops in the autumn term so we advise if you would like to book please do it sooner rather than later!
Finally, if you need a reminder of why we love this job, this is some feedback from one of our lovely facilitators Bea Roberts who is based in the South West of England. Bea was delivering a Play in a Day for us when this happened:
“A very shy little girl wanted to do a narrator line but was so quiet you could barely hear her. I was trying to encourage her to be louder so I told her to imagine she was going to knock me backwards with the power of her voice – she suddenly said the line so loudly that the whole class erupted into applause! She went bright red but had an enormous grin on her face after that. It was a real achievement for her.”