Developing the Bond Between Us

Youth-led collaboration A Bond Between Us is a brand new drama project, exploring the issues of youth detention in the Palestinian Occupied Territories and the UK. Working together with two local Woodcraft Folk youth groups (Newham and Waltham Forest), we have been developing a performance, which we will put on during the Easter week. Last month, we all went on a weekend residential together to get to know each other better and start looking at the theme of youth detention and how we will approach our performance.

Marian Spiers, our Youth Work Programme Manager, shares her reflections on the weekend:

Ten young people from Dost and ten from Woodcraft attended the residential in Darsham Country Centre, an old railway station in Suffolk from Friday to Sunday. During this time, we played various ice-breaker games, went to the beach to play wacky races (where we were split into teams and every team had to devise a form of transport with a noise and all be joined up in some way in order to win the race), football, jumping and classic games like leap frog, hide and seek and sardines – where we all ended up squashed in a cupboard for quite a long time! We also played ‘Who wants to be a Millionaire’ one evening, where we managed to win a million… But sadly not for real!

We also played cards and the loser got the job of washing the dishes… Sorry Sarah*!

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We ate together every evening and started on our drama and film making workshops, looking at journeys and places where we feel safe, as well as practising interview techniques in front of a video camera.

Before we left, we all played a big game of volleyball before packing up the van and driving back to London.

Everyone got along well, enjoyed the food (nearly all vegetarian or vegan!), the workshops and the trip to the beach. It was a very successful start to the project and everyone left looking forward to the following eight weeks of drama sessions. We’ve had a few more workshops since our return and are equally nervous and excited about our upcoming big performances next month!

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