A friendship and anti-bullying play with workshops in primary schools
Suitable for Years 5 – 6
Cast & Creatives
Ideally suited for Years 5 – 6
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.
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 support of the project, we have developed a ‘well-being’ toolkit, available for teachers. The kit comprises exercises and activities designed to aid the well-being of students and respond to any particular situations at school where students need support.