This is a regular, closed project for young refugees and asylum seekers aged 11-18 delivered at St Mark’s Academy in Mitcham.
This summer we also ran Many Voices at Rutlish School in Merton and Sutton and District Training.
By giving space for self-expression through improvisation, movement and devising we support integration, increase self-confidence, reduce isolation and engender a sense of belonging as well as having fun.
This summer the group at St Marks were asked to write down things they wanted to teach us in their own languages. We then helped them translate these phrases into English, and finally recorded them using a professional studio microphone. The results were phenomenal. Students were suddenly granted unprecedented agency, and we saw those who had previously been shy and sometimes disruptive, blossom into confident young adults with something to say. Listen to an excerpt of the recording here:
This film from 2017 is another example of the work we do
We’re always looking for ways of expanding this project. If you run or work with a group who you think would benefit from this project drop us a line.