Mark and the Marked
Friendship and anti-bullying performance and workshops in primary schools
For Autumn 2019
Mark and the Marked uses vibrant physical and visual performance techniques to draw the children in the audience into the heart of a typical bullying scenario. The play is without words and looks at how bullying can happen in the midst of their school community, often without people even realising it. By witnessing and getting involved in a story of how destructive bullying and hate can be, children are invited to be at the forefront of the resolution process and in the advocacy of positive friendship over conflict.
Excellent music!! The structure of the play was engaging and although there was no speaking there was opportunity for verbal discussion at the end. Very talented actors with real emotion-even got me teary! The pupils really understood the themes and I feel that this play will empower them to handle these situations in real life!
PSHE Lead & teacher, Ark Franklin Primary Academy
The children were really engaged and it really made them think about what bullying could look like and feel like. They loved the characters and the music especially. Thank you! Such a hard-hitting and clever performance.
Class teacher, Preston Manor Lower School
Follow up workshops
The carefully structured workshop discussions following the play allow the audience to work out what went wrong and why and, ultimately, to make their own happy ending to the play. In the follow-up workshops, we encourage the children to study each character’s emotional journey through the play and also provide them with the opportunity to script lines that will resolve the situation.
In the climax to the project, pupils from participating schools are invited to gather at a local venue to share their work and discuss how best to promote the value of friendship in their respective schools.
The project will involve a tour of the play and workshops to 10 primary schools in the boroughs of Brent and Ealing, North-West London. This project climaxes at a Gathering for all those involved at the Willesden Green Library Centre.
In addition, the project will also tour to 20 primary schools in the borough of Lambeth in South London and climax at a Gathering at Lambeth Town Hall.
Confirmed project partners
The Mark and the Marked Project is kindly supported by John Lyon’s Charity and through the Home Office’s Building a Stronger Britain Together programme.