Powerful Project 8 Performance

Powerful Project 8 Performance

Posted by Rob Tickle |  2nd September 2016

A gritty play focusing on the power of relationships has been written and performed by learners involved in Rathbone Training’s Project 8 pilot in Manchester with support from Odd Arts.

The play focuses on a young girl called Pierre and the impact that her relationships with family, friends and partners have on her life.

Exploring themes such as drugs and bullying along Pierre’s journey, the piece is a hard hitting look at the often extremely complex issues faced by young people in the UK.

The play was showcased to an audience of family and colleagues from Rathbone Training and Manchester Young Lives at a special event at Manchester Metropolitan University’s Birley Campus, on Wednesday, 10th August.

“The drama piece performed at MMU was contemporary, authentic and powerful; in fact it made me feel quite emotional watching it. It really does go to show the talent and potential in young people who can produce such a performance in four weeks, they looked like real professionals,” said Paul Fletcher, Chief Executive of Manchester Young Lives.

“I also wanted to record my thanks and appreciation to the workers who have been supporting the group. A great well done and I am looking forward to the next thing to come from Project 8.”

The group have been working on the play as part of the 12 week Project 8 pilot, run in partnership with Manchester Young Lives, offering a chance for 16 to 18 year olds who are not in education, employment or training to gain new skills, build their confidence and pave the way to employment.

The play will also be performed by the group to an audience at Rathbone Training’s National Youth Conference, being held in Newcastle, in September.