A radio drama project by Rich Mix and Half Moon that ran from 2011 to 2016 and celebrated the creative talents of young people in East London, by providing a high-profile writing and acting showcase which was broadcast on radio.
The programme ran across two or three terms each year. Groups in KS3 from schools in Tower Hamlets wrote 3-5 minute radio plays, and took part in workshops with industry professionals to learn and develop skills in: creative writing, acting, broadcasting and sound effects for radio. The young people rehearsed their plays and performed to a live audience at Rich Mix. The project also worked with East London Radio, who broadcast the final plays.
The theme for the 2015/16 programme was: SPACE, to coincide with a number of important cosmological events in 2016. The Showcase took place at Rich Mix on Tuesday 12th July 2016 (rehearsal in the day; performance in the evening).
The theme for the 2014/15 programme was: FREEDOM, to coincide with many relevant international anniversaries in 2015. Selected plays came from George Green’s School, London Enterprise Academy, Cambridge Heath Sixth Form, Bow School and Clapton Girls’ Academy. The showcase event took place on Tuesday 24th March 2015 at Rich Mix.
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You can read a case study of the project by British Land & Broadgate who funded the project here.
Read a write-up of the April 2014 Showcase Event here, including an interview with one of the judges, actor James Alexandrou.
The 2013/14 project explored the theme: Brazil 2014.
The 2012/13 project explored the theme: How Young People Interact with the World of Digital and Social Media. Eight groups presented their plays at the final event at Rich Mix on 24 April 2013. See a Social Story of the event here on Storify.
Chris Elwell, Half Moon Director, says the project can be a dynamic resource for enterprising teachers: “It is an exciting practical project for students of all abilities that can be used by teachers for in-school curriculum or lunch-time/after-school clubs where drama and script-writing is the focus. Drama in the Mix can be used to deliver a unit for Arts Award, as a stimulus to teach writing for specific purposes for KS3 or KS4 English courses or as a practical performance requirement for all Drama courses including GCSE, A Level or BTEC.”
For more information about the project and to discuss running something similar in your school, contact Beccy Allen, Creative Learning Producer at Half Moon.