‘This is Harpley School’

This frank and thought-provoking film was made by four pupils at Harpley School – Tower Hamlets’ Pupil Referral Unit during the end of 2008 as part of their after-school club.

The pupils wrote and performed a drama, interviewed school staff, and were interviewed themselves to make a film that shows what life is really like for teenagers in Tower Hamlets, and what makes their school different from other schools.

Behind The Mask

‘Behind The Mask’ aims to give students a range of creative experiences through the mediums of Theatre, Music, Art and Dance.

Each workshop will work with an ethnically diverse group of 40 children drawn from the local tower hamlets community. The workshop components will be based around the theme of identity and will focus on the stories of children here in the UK. Children will be motivated through the workshops to explore their feelings and ideas of culture and citizenship. The final day of the project will be a showcase opportunity where the students will display work created, perform theatre pieces. dance routines, have a gallery of their work and perform songs and raps.

‘Behind The Mask’

Aims to give students a range of creative experiences through the mediums of Theatre, Music, Art and Dance.

Each workshop will work with an ethnically diverse group of 40 children drawn from the local tower hamlets community. The workshop components will be based around the theme of identity and will focus on the stories of children here in the UK. Children will be motivated through the workshops to explore their feelings and ideas of culture and citizenship. The final day of the project will be a showcase opportunity where the students will display work created, perform theatre pieces. dance routines, have a gallery of their work and perform songs and raps.

The Care Factor

A consultation day for young people in Islington council enabling them to learn skills through Rap/DJ and Theatre workshops.

They will do this in an interactive and creative environment where they can explre issues with regards to their experiences and opinions of the systems used.

By the end of the day participants should have enjoyed a fun and creative day, would have learnt skills in DJ, Rap and Drama and be able to implement their thoughts in a series of feedback discussions with corporate parents.

JUST 4 U – 2008

An interactive day of Puppetry and Drama workshops for young people in the Tower hamlets care system.

This annual consultaion event for Looked after Children will explore through a creative medium, the Care Systems in the Borough of Islington and how best to improve them.

‘The Grass Isn’t Greener’

The Complete Works Film Department worked with West Kent YMCA on a film about the dangers of drink and drugs. The young people involved wrote, directed, acted in and produced a realistic drama, and accompanying facts and interviews to be used as an educational tool for teenagers.

The final product – The Grass Isn’t Greener is now being used by YMCA staff.

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‘Batch’

The Complete Works in partnership with Southwark Youth Offending team has produced a one hour drama highlighting the tragic and brutal world of gang violence and gun/knife crime from the perspective of the young people affected by it.

“Batch” was shot on location in Southwark and gave more than fifteen young people the opportunity to work as part of a professional crew, taking an active role in all elements of the production including writing, acting, camera operating, sound recording, editing and promotion.

The Premiere of Batch at Peckham Multiplex which was screened on the 18th April went extremely well. The young people who took part in the project gave their reasons for making this film.

They were all very proud of their work and voiced their views on the need to focus on the issue of gangs and guns in London. Chris Domeney, who commissioned the film for The Southwark Youth Offending Team, asked the audience to be silent before the start of the film, in respect for the the victims of gun crime and their families. At the end of the film, Paul Francis from The Boyhood To Manhood Foundation, spoke about the issues the film raised concerning the way young people treat one another and of the need for further projects such as this. Phil Evans, from The Complete Works, has promised that the company will give follow-up workshops and projects which will key into the questions the film has produced.