The play will ask young people and audiences to consider;
How do I and others around me view the world?
What is my true identity?
What is my greater purpose?
How should I live my life?
The project is so much more than theatre!
‘Our Place’ incorporates live performance, original film, visual arts and a bespoke set design. Each participating student works collaboratively with a professional artist to contribute to the finished production developing new creative skills, exploring and deepening knowledge of the complex Themes.
Following each performance young people take part in an educational workshop which serves to explore and unpick the journey of each character, the wider contexts and cultures which impact upon their lives.
Theatre in Education
A touring version of the production will also visit 10 further Lincolnshire schools in July 2019.
Over 1000 young people and their families will engage with the Theatre in Education (TIE) tour, main performance and creative workshops.
Why the project is necessary
Lincolnshire is one of the least ethnically diverse counties of the United Kingdom (98.5% of the population describe themselves as "white"). In a post- Brexit landscape, schools in Lincolnshire have witnessed disturbing issues relating to the teaching of British values, diversity, religion and citizenship.
‘Our Place’ offers schools and their local community greater knowledge and awareness, opportunity to discuss, experience and understand more about a range of cultures and traditions. By working with professional artists, the project’s bespoke methodology incorporates the arts as a mechanism for positive engagement, development and understanding.
The Lincoln Diocesan Board of Education is working with Shooting Fish Theatre Company (Lincoln), cultural solutions UK and consultant Leanne Taylor on a 2 year programme of learning for year 6 and 7 children. Investigating key themes of identity, spiritual development, world religions, and cultural views focusing on Christianity and Islam through the touring and exploration of a newly commissioned play ‘Our Place’.
The project challenges pre-existing beliefs and encourages young people and their local community to have courageous conversations about citizenship, social and moral scenarios.
‘Our Place’ investigates some of the cultural and religious tensions arising in today’s social and political climate, charting an important time in adolescent life when identity is carved and existence questioned.