Student Play Gives Important Message to Hundreds of Pupils
A short educational performance by performing arts students from City of Wolverhampton College that addresses race and cultural difference is set to be watched by more than 1000 school children this month.
‘Homeland’, which has been commissioned by the Safer Wolverhampton partnership, explores popular perceptions around immigration and its impact on community cohesion. It features the personal stories of Muna and Anna, two teenagers who have come to the UK with their families for very different reasons. Muna is desperate to leave the UK and Anna is keen to remain here.
Students have had just three weeks to put together the show, which was written by the Birmingham Rep’s Director of Learning & Participation Michael O’Hara.
They have not only devised and created ideas for performance, but also developed the identities of the lead characters through interviews with actual migrants from the Middle East and Eastern Europe who have chosen to make Wolverhampton their home.
Students will also be appearing in the play, with the two main roles played by actors from the Birmingham Rep.
Students on the Live Music and Events HND will be providing all the technical support.
Curriculum Manager Michael Dixon said: “This has been a great opportunity for our students to work alongside industry professionals on a live project, seeing how a performance is developed from initial concept right through to a polished show.
“It has been a real learning experience and I am sure the students have all learnt some invaluable, new skills which will stand them in good stead when they start their future careers.”
Councillor Elias Mattu, portfolio holder for Leisure and Communities, said: “Wolverhampton is a highly diverse City with an outstanding reputation for tolerance and good community relations. Homeland will help to celebrate this proud tradition.”
The project has been supported by the Refugee and Migrant Centre, West Midlands Police and the Near Neighbours scheme.
The college is now recruiting for the HND in Performing Arts and the HND in Live Music and Events. To find out more ring 01902 836000 or visit www.wolvcoll.ac.uk
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