Stripes uses first class, live music and non-verbal drama to explore how to find one’s own voice in a group.
Developed with primary school children Stripes follows a group of six musicians as they break free from their ‘musical shackles’ and explore themes of friendship, empathy, resilience, identity, difference, change and respect. In an environment that promotes curiosity, Hold the Drama makes it possible for discussions to be opened up around working together and being yourself.
Stripes is an exploration of what it means to be individual and still enjoy common ground and leaves space for the children to discuss and articulate the plot in their own words. The performance takes children on an emotional journey that engages their imagination. During the Q&A afterwards they are invited to share the links they make between the dramatic, visual, and musical cues of the play and their own ideas, feelings and experiences.
Young people and their parents are invited post-show to take part in an interactive devising workshop with the productions live musicians. Using music and scenes from Stripes, the participants will create their own musical ideas and work with the musicians to dramatise them.
“I learnt that you shouldn’t all be the same, you should express yourself and let it out.” ”
Year 5 Child