Sunday, September 25, 2022

Box Clever thinks outside at Thurrock primary schools

ROYAL Opera House Thurrock has commissioned Box Clever Theatre Company to work on a powerful anti-bully programme as part of the Thurrock Trailblazer project in Thurrock schools. The Company has been touring seven schools with a play called Mark and the Marked and running workshops to look at the issues raised in the show.

Mark and the Marked is a vibrant, physical and visual show that helps raise awareness of the negative effects of bullying amongst children. It looks at positive aspects of diversity and the importance of difference for both the school and wider community.

Box Clever performed the show to Year 5 pupils at Stifford Clays Primary School on Tuesday 24 March. 90 pupils saw the show and then a smaller group of 30 children took part in workshops with the cast. Teacher Laura Costen said: “The performance was very emotive and gave the children opportunities throughout to think and reflect.

Each child was put in a position where they had to make a choice and you could see

their reactions changing as the play evolved. The cast was very professional and extremely talented.

The performance also toured to Purfleet Primary, Aveley Primary, Kenningtons Primary, Lansdowne Primary, Deneholm Primary and Giffards Primary. On Friday 27 March, children from four of the schools gathered at the Thameside Theatre in Grays for a joint workshop to explore the issues raised further.

Michael Wicherek, Box Clever’s Artistic Director who also wrote Mark and the Marked, said: “This is a vital project that focuses as much on the value of friendship and community as it does on bullying: vital for the happiness of the individual child and for the cohesion of the wider community.”


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