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In performance and interactive debate, our story addresses problems of grooming, radicalisation and violent extremism.
*Now available for virtual delivery or with social distancing.

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What We Offer

A performance-based outreach programme for schools, colleges and community settings. Suitable for audiences aged 13+ years, Shadow Games is recognised by the Home Office as an example of good practice in exploring key issues raised by the Prevent strategy.

Our approach promotes the safeguarding and resilience of our communities and counteracts negative stereotypes through creative engagement and critical learning. Our audiences are encouraged to 'hot-seat' the characters, question their motives and discuss questions of innocence and guilt in a structured courtroom debate.

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Socially Distanced Delivery

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From October 2020

For a socially-distanced delivery, we offer screening of the Shadow Games film followed by a workshop and debate session in your setting. Our team will comply with your organisation's safety protocols.

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More about Socially Distanced Delivery

This model provides your students an opportunity to watch the Shadow Games film.
Our facilitators will arrive at your setting and join you for the screening of the film on your delivery date. We can provide 2 - 4 facilitators as you require.
Following the screening, they will lead the courtroom workshop and debate session deliberating on .
We only accept bookings for a full day. This includes two performances and workshop debates. Each session lasts 60 - 90 minutes and can accomodate up to 35 participants.

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Virtual Delivery

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From November 2020

For a virtual delivery we offer access to the Shadow Games film, online learning resources, studio recording of workshop and debate and interactive questionnaire for students.

More about Virtual Delivery

This model provides you with access to all our online resources for 14 days.
Teachers and students will be able to stream the Shadow Games film from secure online portals, as well as download learning materials, watch an engaging recorded session where audience hot seat the characters and enact a courtroom debate. Students can then submit their own verdicts of the characters on trial through the portal.
We welcome upto 125 participants on one licence in this model, including teachers and students. Organisations are welcome to request more than one licence, for instance to cover an entire year group.

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Performances for Larger Audiences

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From January 2021

For this delivery model, we offer a live performance followed by an interactive workshop and debate with the audience.

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More about Delivery to Larger Audiences

Delivered by our full team of 5 actors and 2 facilitators. On your chosen delivery date, our team would deliver live performances followed by facilitating an interactive workshop and debate.
We only accept bookings for a full day. This includes two performances and workshop debates. Each session lasts 80 - 120 minutes and can accomodate up to 70 participants.

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"Definitely. The best type of reflective practice I ever saw was between Second Waveand TSG. Both the police officers and young people involved got so much from it so I am a huge advocate of it."
Chief Insp Jack Rowlands
"Brilliant, original, engaging workshop by Second Wave Youth Arts on the issues around vulnerability and extremism!"
Woodbridge High School
"Thank you to Second Wave who spent the day at Newham College delivering a great drama based 'PREVENT' outreach performance to our students, supporting our efforts of raising awareness of the world of extremism and radicalisation."
Newham College
"Last Friday our Year 9s engaged in a drama workshop from @SecondWave1 about the dangers of online grooming. An informative session from a fantastic youth theatre group. Thank you."
Central Foundation

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What happens next...

We know these times are uncertain and we are keen to work closely with you to deliver a bespoke package to you. Please register your interest by filling out our brief form. A member of staff will then contact you to further discuss your requirements.

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