Are you the first person to do what you are doing? Do you think that your mother or your father might have had the same feelings as you? What about your grandparents?
Grandmother’s Footsteps was a series of practical drama workshops that explored youth experiences of the past. We were looking at Teddy Boys, Mods and Rockers and occurrences of youth rioting from the 1950’s to the present day.
The workshops were part of the development of a ground-breaking new play currently being written by award-winning playwright Roy Williams (Sucker Punch, Sing Yer Heart out for the Lads). We undertook 5 workshops in 5 secondary schools across the country, providing students with an engaging stimulus and some practical devising strategies to be developed in subsequent lessons into devised or improvised performances. The workshops explored youth culture from the past and investigated how our grandparents’ experiences of youth can inform our own experiences.
A playwriting competition – The Encounter – was also launched in the schools in which we were working. If you were a student in one of these sessions, please do feel free to enter the competition. For more information and an entry form, click here. The 2 winners will have their work published on our site, receive feedback on their script and receive a copy of the play signed by Roy Williams.