This is Us
Devised and developed by the Company. Text by Daniel Christie. Directed by Justine Themen.
The Belgrade Community & Education Company continued their commitment to to the empowerment of young people from Black and Minority Ethnic backgrounds with their production This Is Us, which ran in B2 from 19 to 21 February 2009.
Working with little or no experience of performing, the particpants were required to create their own material rather than working with an exisiting script. Through this process the participants developed important skills such as discipline, teamwork, and the ability to give and take feedback.
In order to give the young people the experience of performing to an audience in order to take them to the next stage, this challenging but rewarding journey culminated in a live performance of their work in progress – This is Us. The performance was a presentation of scenes developed by the young people themselves in collaboration with the developing writer, Daniel Christie.
In keeping with the Community & Education Company’s aim to work with young people in order to articulate their experiences in real ways that feel appropriate to them, the production contained some strong language.