A Bond Between Us at the BFI

Last month, together with two local Woodcraft Folk youth groups (Newham and Waltham Forest), we performed the drama we have been working on since January to a full audience at Oxford House in Bethnal Green. The result of three months’ hard work, weekly rehearsals and two residentials, our performance was well received and we enjoyed the work (and the fun!) that went into its creation.


Performing at the BFI
Performing at the BFI

On 8 May, we presented our two minute animated film at the BFI Southbank, as part of a celebration of media produced by young people with Adobe Youth Voices (AYV). AYV is delivered by Eastside Educational Trust and works with young people aged from 13 – 19, providing them with the inspiration, training and technology to create original media works on issues they care about.


Our film, which is part of the Bond Between Us project  exploring youth detention in Palestine and the UK, shows what it’s like to be a youth detainee. Watch it now:

Our young people really enjoyed being part of the Bond Between Us project, saying:

“It was great getting  involved in the the drama/film project, it was a great opportunity to learn something new and meet new people and I would love to do it again.”
Raman, 18.

“I like drama project and so funny with people and I have the new friend, play with together.”
Dat, 16

The Deep Black Drama Tutors, who helped us with this project, also enjoyed working with us! Here’s what they had to say:

“The young people from DOST came to the theatre project we were running with an infectious enthusiasm, a willingness to get stuck in and to grapple with some challenging ideas and exercises. Their energy made it possible to work constructively with the language and cultural differences in the group, and their warmth and openness made the project a pleasure to be involved in. I can’t wait to work with them again!”
Polly, Deep Black Drama Tutor.

“Working with Marian and the DOST young people on the recent theatre project has been the highlight of my year so far. The energy and commitment they showed to the project and to each other was amazing and although at times there were challenges and frustrations, they work through them with a maturity and sensitivity I’ve not seen in many other groups I’ve worked with. Thank you!”
Dan, Deep Black Drama Tutor.

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