2nd April 2019
Students from all areas of York College attended a hard-hitting extra-curricular performance workshop by Odd Arts Theatre Company, entitled ‘Blame and Belonging’, to gain a better understanding of Anti-Extremist behaviour.
The interactive workshop challenged the stereotypes and promotion of terrorism and extremist views and put a spotlight on dangerous behaviours. Students were able to use the performance as a platform for discussion to explore the warning signs which can lead to terrorism and extremist behaviour.
Students can access the workshop over two days. During a performance, stonemasonry apprentices, media and professional cookery students were encouraged to empathise with the characters, and not pass judgement or under-estimate the importance of talking and listening to individuals, giving the characters the opportunity to express their thoughts and emotions.
Media student Thea Jemmings, who has come to the College from Malaysia, interacted with the actors during the performance, she said: “It was very good. I think theatre is a great way to put ideas, information and messages across, it’s not like reading a text book. I felt comfortable joining in and talking to the different characters.”
Ingrid Kellock, Student Development Manager at York College says: “The engaging workshop helped to increase students’ level of understanding of anti- extremism, developing their knowledge of the subject further following coverage of the topic in group tutorials. It also helped to increase their confidence and safety in the community.”