Now! Festival

In February 2017 14 of our students took part in the NOW! Festival at the Epstein Theatre in Liverpool, with the aim of sharing important messages about young people and mental health. In collaboration with CAMHS and Merseyside Youth Association our students worked under the guidance of Miss Melluish to produce and perform an extremely thoughtful, insightful and sensitive piece about suicide, called ‘The Voice Within’.

‘The Voice Within’ was inspired by article 6 of the UN Children’s Rights: ‘You have the right to be alive’ and unites acting, dancing, movement, voice and film to showcase the abundance of talent quickly emerging from Archbishop Blanch Performance.

The story follows a teenage girl called Maya who feels useless, unloved and misunderstood. Depressed and alone, Maya contemplates taking her own life. As she sits on her bed writing her suicide note, she wonders whether there is anyone who would care if she disappeared; or worse, if anyone would even notice. Will Maya go through with her plan or will she have the strength to find ‘the voice within’ and seek help?

At the end of the three day festival our students were awarded the ‘Theatre in Education’ prize for their efforts in sharing the messages so effectively in school, by performing the piece to their peers during PSHE as well as after school to all of our staff. As a result they were also asked to the piece on tour across Liverpool in the summer term; well done girls!

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