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The Wicid.tv and Bridges editorial groups teamed up with Spectacle Theatre in an eventful series of rehearsals and basic ideas of what we thought bullying was. And where it originates from, gaining a 91% approval rating.

You can read about our day below, and watch Part 1…

and Part 2

Many young people are unaware of what the different types of bullying are, so we put together a few short scenes to inform people of different types of bullying and what bullying is exactly, including some of the short and long-term effects of it. To do this we got together and performed our short play to an audience in the University of Glamorgan, who came from it inspired and informed.

There were quite a few people involved in the workshops such as Josie, Katie, Jazmin, Martyn, Nathan, Craig Chapman, Karen Arnold, Carys Parry and Steve Davis.

Carys and Steve helped us with the acting and scripting of the scenes whereas Josie, Jazmin, Martyn, Nathan, Karen and I all gave our thoughts and ideas towards them and acted them out. Craig had took to the camera and filmed our performance on the day, which we are all really grateful for! Thanks to us all, the day was a great success!

During the time we had to prepare our play, we had been involved in workshops. These workshops were there for us to warm up, learn and practise in. Our first workshop had involved a series of warm-up exercises which we included in the final performance. One of the main exercises was the “Yes/No Game”. Two, or occasionally three, of us were involved at a time, with one saying No, and the others, Yes. We had to show a variety of tones and mixed expressions during the game which helped create an atmosphere. The third person would have the choice to say “Stop” at any time they wished and from there on the second person would have the choice to say “stop” and the first and third-person would say “yes” or “no”.

It seems quite boring, or maybe complicated; however, on the day and even during practise the audience would have created situations in their heads of different types of bullying, some of which were shared and they had come up with Peer Pressure, Control, Force and they even imagined where the situation was taking place.
This was a very successful exercise as it made the audience think about the many different types of bullying before we actually showed them the main areas we had focused on.
Another exercise was the trust game. This was a game where you were numbered one and two, then person one would put their hand about half a meter away from your face while person two would follow wherever the other persons hand went. This gave us a great insight to how control and manipulation took place during bullying because it showed us how anyone can take control. There were some harsh movements made where some of us made each other walk backwards, or even go right down to the floor! It made us realise how a person can make someone feel so small and scared.

Each workshop consisted of lots of fun and hard work. They balanced each other out nicely, as we had fun doing both the serious and not so serious things. Our very first time acting out the basic script Steve and Carys had come up with was a little bit of a disaster due to everyone not knowing what to do. However, we had all come together and decided what to do. There were three scenes, two of which were repeated just with the opposite sex or slightly different situations. They included:
Racism – Jazmin’s main scene which was about a little girl from a different culture and country living in Wales, who had been bullied due to her skin colour and family history.

Disabilities (such as Dyslexia) – Josie’s scene where a young girl had taken a test among other students, who was getting bullied by the teacher because she had a ‘green sticker’ due to her Dyslexia, which rubbed off on the students. Therefore the students were bullying her more.

Cyber bullying – Martyn’s scene where a young boy had been ‘copied’ over the internet, on Facebook. It was about how he thought it was a joke at first, but got upset over the situation as he didn’t know who had done it. When one day he was on a train station and some boys passed and saw him crying, when on the same day he went home and saw “crying” as the fake boys Facebook page. The boys had seen him, and mocked him.
Homophobic bullying – Nathan’s main scene which was about a young boy who had recently come out as gay, and was getting called names and loss of trust through his friends because of his sexuality.

I just have to mention, the food that was prepared for us during these sessions was delicious! There were a variety of sandwiches, juices and crisps which were really filling which I think we all enjoyed!

Ahem – back to business! The day involved a few workshops in the University of Glamorgan’s Conference Centre which people were listening to. There were coffee breaks, and dinner breaks. All of which supplied refreshments and snacks for everyone who had come. There were vegetarian selections, meat selections and deserts. I think all of us agreed that the desserts were the most enjoyable part! There were lemon and chocolate tarts, strawberry and vanilla cheesecakes with cups of coffee and tea, or juices if you didn’t like coffee or tea. After our refreshments, we all got back to rehearsing in the room we were set in.

The start of the play wasn’t your usual “Hello and welcome to our bullying play” There was a big twist, which surprised the audience. We did a mini-Olympics, which included the “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious game”. This was getting the front few rows of people up to jump and dance, shouting out the word and playing along with Josie and Jazmin.

The second part of the mini-Olympics was a questionnaire for the audience, where Katie asked questions like “What do you think about Homophobic bullying?” or “What do you think cyber bullying is?” This exercise was to get the audience thinking about what was to come.

The third part of the Olympics was to get the audience up and play along with the “Count down” for Nathan to run around the course we had set up. We had asked a few people to let off poppers as Nathan ran past, then at the end we did the “Leap of Death”. This was where Nathan stood on a chair about 2 foot off the ground and we got members of the audience to catch him as he jumped off the chair. It was a very successful team-building exercise for the audience, and made them think about what was to come.

After this, we did the “Yes/No Game” with the audience and carried on with our play.
The venue was really good. It was situated in a place where everyone could access easily, it was clean and tidy and easy to follow. There were plenty of chairs set out for everyone, and there was a microphone and speakers to enhance our voices when we were acting. Towards the end of the day, after we had performed our play, we had asked the audience a few questions and they answered honestly. They gave their opinions and shared their views, which were very constructive and gave us a few pointers and praise.

When we had our statistics back, we found that 91% of the audience said it was a great practical and thoroughly enjoyed it.

When the audience were giving us pointers, and asking us questions, there were a few issues raised which we answered. There were things like “Does your school supply you with enough information about bullying?” which we all answered truthfully, and said no. This is because in actual fact, they don’t do much about bullying so we talked to the school council members who were there and the school staff and they knew what to do for the next PSE days, where they would talk more about bullying and what the effects of it are.

All in all, the day was very constructive and positive despite what it was about. Everyone came out of it learning something new and inspiring, even knowing how to improve things, or how to act or speak around certain people! We all thoroughly enjoyed it – even the audience – and we would all love to do it again!

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