Drama students at Newton Abbot College have taken to the stage to highlight the social issues surrounding homelessness in an interactive, student-devised piece, ‘Rough Justice’.
Audience members were taken on a guided tour through the grounds of the College, stopping at different locations to watch mini-performances that challenged the audience’s pre-conceived ideas of what homelessness looks like in today’s society. Issues such as ‘sofa surfing’, relationship deterioration and mental health issues were addressed before audiences were escorted to the College’s Creative Arts Centre for the remainder of the performance.
Students involved in the piece, ranging from Years 8-12, delivered powerful group performances and individual monologues that had been devised during lesson time. The performance was supported and attended by THAT Food Bank in Newton Abbot, Devon Youth Services and St Petrock’s House in Exeter.
Students collected food and donations after the performance and presented them to THAT on 15 June. A cheque for over £70 was donated in support of those facing some of the issues raised.
One audience member commented: “What a privilege to be part of the audience at Newton Abbot College's ”Rough Justice”. We were drawn in to the event right from the start and were led on a truly amazing journey. The topic had been extremely well researched; all the stories were SO credible…they felt so real. It is encouraging to see young people so passionate about the circumstances of some people's lives.”