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#Snapped - A Year 9, 10 and 11 Production

The workshop production is becoming a highly successful and eagerly anticipated annual event for the Drama Department at Burgess Hill Girls. This year, 20 girls from Years 9, 10 and 11 took 21 hours to devise this incredible powerful piece of theatre.

The task for the direction of the piece was handed to our old student, Phao Wheatley. Phao was a highly successful Drama student here, and has gone onto great things within the Performing Arts industry, including a recent performance with the National Youth Theatre in the West End for their 60th Anniversary gala performance.

The piece took inspiration from the play ‘Girls Like That’ written by Evan Placey. After reading it, we knew it would be an excellent stimulus for us to use, as not only is the narrative accessible for young actors, but it also tackles issues that are extremely relevant to any young girls. The increase of access to social media platforms such as Facebook, Snapchat and Twitter means teens, particularly girls, are far more exposed to problems such as cyber bullying and body shaming. Both of these can have a huge impact on the self confidence of young women and we feel very strongly that these girls should go into their adult life believing that they can do anything that they set their mind on. Therefore we feel it is vital for us to explore and discuss these difficult themes, and what better way to do it than through the power of theatre?

 

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