The Education team delivered a workshop alongside the well-established ‘Is It?’ theatre company to the Year 4 class at Gwenfo Primary in the Vale of Glamorgan.
The morning began with an anti-racism workshop, delivered by Education Worker Chris Stokes, and retired Professional Footballer and Sessional Worker Christian Roberts. They were also joined by the Vale Of Glamorgan Equalities Officer Linda Brown, on behalf of one of our biggest funders in Wales.
During the morning the children were encouraged to ask questions about a topic that can be quite difficult to discuss, but as the workshop was made fun and relaxed by the two coaches, the children were willing to get involved as much as possible and took a shine to the cat walk that was set up to model our Show Racism the Red Card t-shirts.
After lunch the children were met by Is It? Theatre Company. Who arranged for the children to work together and set up a drama play that would highlight racist bullying and the effects it could have on not only the person receiving it, but everyone who surrounds that person. Is It? Set up some fun physical games for all the children to get involved in before they began practicing their play that would be performed in front of years 5 and 6.
The story behind the play was a young child moving from Wales to another country and being picked on because of their clothing and the food they eat. This escalates into children and parents making jokes regarding the stereotype and culture of Welsh people. The drama play ends with everyone getting to know each other, sharing things from their cultures and all becoming friends. The drama ended with some of the children coming to the front to read out three statements.
“Don’t judge a book by its cover”
“It doesn’t matter what’s on the outside, it’s what’s on the inside that counts.”
“Whatever skin colour, country, religion or culture you have, remember. We are all equal.”
Sadly due to a lack of funding 'Is It?' Theatre Company will be closing on the 13th of July 2012. We would like to thank all of the team for their hard over the past two years working alongside Show Racism the Red Card.