Young people affected or worried about cyberbullying are to have a new resource in the Cyberscene Project, a creative, hands-on learning project which uses theatre to support the health and wellbeing of the young.
For the Cyberscene Project, Masterclass will join a team of professional theatre makers and 120 students aged 16-19 from South Thames College, Leyton Sixth Form College, Hackney Community College and Barnet and Southgate College to create a play that explores and shares their experiences of cyberbullying and its effects on them and their peers.
Working with a professional director and writer, the play will be scripted through a series of theatre workshops exploring the impact of cyberbullying and will then be performed at the Theatre Royal Haymarket in 2017.
The heart of the project is about using theatre to give young people a voice, create a legacy from their own perspective, help and inspire other young people in similar situations and to raise awareness of the issue.
The Project will use theatre, a proven experiential learning tool, to support the mental health and wellbeing of those young people taking part by improving self-awareness, and boosting confidence, self-esteem and motivation. This gives them the necessary tools to stand up to and overcome cyberbullying, be able to identify and be supportive of those who are experiencing it, support those who are bullies so they receive the assistance they need and to offer pathways to support and guidance if they themselves are bullies.
The Project will also endeavour to raise much needed public awareness of the seriousness of cyberbullying and the effects it is having on young people so parents, teachers and the wider community are also able to identify and support those in need.
It will also introduce young people, who may or may not have had much exposure to theatre, to the wider opportunities within the theatrical and creative industries.