We were delighted to welcome the ‘My Yard’ theatre project from the Lichfield Garrick on Wednesday 29th March. Friary School students were fortunate enough to watch a live performance of ‘My Yard’ by Therese Collins-Cann. The My Yard theatre project a collaboration between the Lichfield Garrick and the Police and Crime Commissioner for Staffordshire, Matthew Ellis, in partnership with Pedestrian, a Leicester-based educational charity.

‘My Yard’ aims to raise awareness of the impacts of anti-social behaviour by working with students in secondary schools across Staffordshire. This particular production has a core theme all about taking pride in the local community. ‘My Yard’ raises awareness of different types of anti-social behaviour as well as offering solutions to behavioural and social issues.

The story follows a character living in a deprived estate who has lost faith with her surrounding community, and the transformation she encounters when she begins to make positive changes in her life.

After the performance a mixture of Year 8 & 9 Drama students participated in a question and answer session, picking up on the key themes and of the piece and challenging the prejudiced attitudes and misconceptions identified. Then it was over to the students, who were invited on stage to produce a tableaux in small groups of some of the themes they had discussed. As always, the students were confident performers and impressed our visitors no end with their creativity and commitment.

This was a fantastic opportunity for our students to work with two professional actors and develop their performance skills as well as explore the importance of community and respecting and supporting others.