Following several almost-overlapping conversations on Twitter about sex education, cultural impact and the arts, here’s a round-up of theatre-in-education (TIE) companies engaging with sex and relationship education (SRE). To date, I’ve primarily written about anti-homophobia and anti-transphobia TIE (here and here); consider this the first step in a broader account of the field.
This list is a snapshot of the field in May 2013, not a comprehensive survey. I’ve focused on theatre-in-education companies currently offering or about to stage specific works in this area, omitting broader thematic programmes about bullying (for example) unless there’s a specific dimension which addresses sexual identity or sexual health. Descriptions of the shows are excerpted from the relevant company websites – if you want to learn more, get in touch with them.
- Arc Theatre, East London: Broadcast, a forum theatre programme created to explore sexting and cyberbullying. Flyer (pdf)
- Caught In The Act Theatre Company, Oxfordshire: Rhythm and Blues and Fallout, drama workshops for KS 3/4 and KS 5 ‘about the complications young people encounter as they begin to take responsibility for their relationships’.
- Futures Theatre Company, London: Sugar and Spice, a play ‘exploring how young people are affected by peer pressure, gangs and sexual bullying’.
- Littlefish Theatre, London: Kiss and Tell, ‘an authentic, challenging and emotive project looking at teenage sexual relationships and the law’, exploring peer pressure, risk-taking and the influence of media.
- Peer Productions, Surrey: The Teenage Pregnancy Project, which ‘explores the reality of being a teenage parent’.
- Round Midnight, Birmingham: Straight Talking, exploring ’stereotypes, preconceptions and prejudice’ as a young man comes out to his best mate.
- Loudmouth, Birmingham: various programmes including Safe and Sound (respect in relationships and partner abuse), Trust Me (contraception, STIs, unplanned pregnancy) and Bully_4_U (homophobic, sexual and cyber-bullying).
- Tip of the Iceberg, Potters Bar: The Sex Factor, exploring personal boundaries and safe/unsafe behaviours, raising awareness of teen pregnancy and ‘empower[ing] young people to make informed and educated decisions about their lives and responsibilities’.
Who am I missing? Comment below and I’ll update this post for the next month or so.