Since April this year, more than 160 students from local primary and secondary schools have been working on their section of an ensemble performance based on the Ancient Greek myths of Medea and Jason and the Argonauts as part of a collaboration between Southwark Theatres' Education Partnership and the Steam Industry Free Theatre.
The climax of the students' hard work is a highly energetic performance at The Scoop at More London which incorporates dance, physical theatre and African drumming.
The young people from Victory, Robert Browning, Crawford and St James the Great Primaries and St Thomas the Apostle College have been working in school with their teachers and drama practitioners from the Steam Industry to explore the myths and understand the themes within the stories including jealousy, revenge and betrayal. The young people have also been looking at many drama techniques including how to project their voices in a large amphitheatre and working together as an ensemble, helping to improve their confidence and team-working skills. Young people from Crawford Primary will also be providing the percussion for the final performance on African drums. Southwark College students are taking on the role of actor-mentors for the other younger participants.
The exciting performance is part of STEP's larger programme of work which celebrates theatre created by, with and for young people in Southwark, including the STEP Festival which is a jam-packed two-week programme of over a hundred workshops and performances for schools and youth groups across the borough. This year's Festival, STEP Up and Tell, is taking place from 16 to 27 November 2009 throughout Southwark.
This is the fifth STEP Out! Programme which is always attached to the Steam Industry's annual free theatre season which is delivered in The Scoop at More London. This year's season runs from 30 July to 6 September and includes Stella Duffy's brand new translation of Euripides' revenge tragedy, Medea, and a toe-tapping puppet-tastic family musical, The Adventures of Jason and the Argonauts.