On Saturday 18 October, Half Moon Theatre will present a series of free events as part of Black History Month to accompany the two performances of the play FREE at 3pm and 7pm. One of the stories explored in David Lane’s FREE is that of a young girl forced to migrate following the threat of forced marriage.
Using the play as a stimulus, along with two other creative projects currently in development at Half Moon which explore female migration and the experience of being a female refugee in the UK, our events will explore some of the issues relating to violence against women and girls prevalent in young people’s lives today.
Tower Hamlets Council has recently made public its commitment to tackling gender-based violence and we will work closely with the Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG) team within the council to put together these events.
Date: Saturday 18 October, 2014
Time: 1:45 – 6:45pm
Venue: Half Moon Young People’s Theatre, 43 White Horse Road, London, E1
Tel: 020 7709 8900
1.45pm – 2.45pm: Scriptwriting workshop
This rapid-write workshop parallels the energy and drive of FREE, led by playwright David Lane who will take participants through a series of quick-fire writing exercises to create character relationships and imaginative theatrical worlds in just one hour. Suitable for ages 13 – 18 and taking its starting points from the play itself, this is a perfect opportunity to enhance students’ understanding of the craft of playwriting.
4.30pm – 5.30pm: Panel discussion
Forced migration of young women and girls: creating characters in Theatre for Young Audiences, overturning stereotypes, understanding approaches to combatting violence against women and girls. Panel to include professional theatre artists and experts on forced migration and violence against women and girls. Suitable for over 13s.
5.45pm – 6.45pm: Spoken word workshop
A one-hour workshop with award-winning spoken word artists, AzfaAwad, offering young people the opportunity to learn how to tell their own stories through the medium of spoken word.