15 Nov ‘Tapestry’ perform to Year 9 and Year 10 pupils
On Thursday 15th November, we hosted a visit by the theatre-in-education tour ‘Tapestry’, devised originally by West Midlands Police and Birmingham City Council. The group of performers explored the implications and consequences of extremist thinking and action.
Originally devised and toured in 2009, Tapestry provides young people with an opportunity to discuss issues around violent extremism in a safe fictional context. This provides a means by which they can express their own views freely and challenge the views of others.
Our pupils were given the opportunity to identify what might have made the characters in the play vulnerable to extremism as outlined in the Department for Children, Schools and Families publication “Learning to be Safe Together” and suggested ways to address their vulnerability.
Pupils reflected on the implications and consequences of extremist activity and through their engagement with characters in the play and seeing what happens to them, were able to suggest different ways to bring about positive change.