Spreading the word through drama

September 02 2014

THEATRE group and education provider Unique Voice will be taking to the stage again this month to raise awareness about children with disabilities or special needs being bullied.

THEATRE group and education provider Unique Voice will be taking to the stage again this month to raise awareness about children with disabilities or special needs being bullied.
The team will visit schools around Bristol - both primary and secondary - to enhance young people's understanding through creative performances and workshops.
This is the fourth year that Unique Voice, started by Bath Spa University graduates Krystal Keeley, Cat Sparkes and Claire Farnham, has run its anti-bullying tour Triple R, which stands for recognise, report and resolve.
The theme for 2014-15 ties in with a national campaign, run by the Anti-bullying Alliance (ABA), to raise awareness about the disproportionate number of special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) children who face bullying at school.
According to ABA: "Evidence shows that children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) are significantly more likely to be bullied or victimised than those who don’t have any SEND."
Previous tours by Unique Voice have touched on the themes of cyber-bullying and domestic abuse.
Unique Voice will be spending five weeks on the road, visiting around 20 different schools, including Orchard School in north Bristol.
The visit starts with a performance which reflects emotional and physical bullying, and how it affects the victim. A workshop is then provided afterwards, where the children can identify and discuss the problems brought up in the show.
Unique Voice adapts its performances depending on the children's age.
Krystal said: "This year's theme is certainly a worthy one, especially when a child with special needs or a disability is more likely to get bullied than a child without SEND.
"We'll be drawing attention to the stigma surrounding SEND, whilst looking at how we can understand disabilities, and how we can prevent children with SEND feeling stressed, upset or frustrated."
The initiative's patron is the actor Sir Patrick Stewart.