Ten Ten Theatre is delighted to be working in partnership with the Catholic Association of Teachers, Schools and Colleges (CATSC) and the Catholic Independent Schools Conference (CISC) to produce a theatre-in-education resource and follow-up lesson plan which will help Catholic schools to articulate British Values and the Prevent agenda, rooted in Gospel values.
The project includes a visit from the Ten Ten Theatre team to perform the powerful play, “Civilised” and a follow-up lesson resource for PSHE or RE.
Due to the content and nature of the drama, this resource is aimed at Key Stage 4 and 5 although we can discuss working with younger years.
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“Civilised” is a powerful new play commissioned by CATSC and CISC and is produced by Ten Ten Theatre.
Set in a Catholic secondary school in the North of England, “Civilised” tells the story of how a Year 10 student, Tony, is drawn to extreme action following an altercation with another boy in his class, raising interfaith conflict. Into the mix, Tony is influenced by a volatile Sixth Form student, Gus, who has developed some far-right views and, on the other hand, the school’s Head Girl, Khalila, who is Muslim and has been a family-friend for many years. Vulnerable and conflicted, Tony must decide what kind of country he wants to live in by responding to a very personal dilemma.
Written by Paul Jones and directed by Martin O’Brien, “Civilised” is a powerful piece of theatre which will help students to engage with the issue of Britishness and radicalisation in a profound way.
The follow-up lesson: What kind of country do you want?
The RE / PSHE lesson resource takes the students on a journey through the issues raised in the play leading to a deeper understanding of how Gospel values can help form and shape our response to radicalisation.
Stage One: Gauge students’ understanding of extremism and dispel some myths about its origins and manifestations. A variety of examples are provided – from recent terrorist attacks in France, to the activities of the KKK in the 1920s; from the actions of animal rights extremists in England to the protests by members of Westboro Baptist Church in Kansas; from the killing of Lee Rigby to the words of Gus in the play.
Stage Two: Using three sources, including the words of Cardinal Vincent Nichols, students consider why young people such as Gus and Tony may be particularly vulnerable to being radicalised.
Stage Three: Students turn verses of Scripture into advice which could be offered to a young person in Tony’s shoes; advice which would equip him with the resilience, insight and wisdom to challenge Gus, remain rooted in ‘Gospel values’ and resist radicalisation himself.
By watching the play and working through the lesson resource, students will be able to:
- Identify and describe different forms of extremism, including Far-Right and Islamic extremism;
- Identify and describe different reasons why young people may be particularly vulnerable to radicalisation;
- Articulate how living out Gospel values can prevent radicalisation.
A team of three professional actors will perform the play and lead a short follow-up review of the themes of the play. The play can be performed up to three times in one day so we can work with multiple year groups during the visit.