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With narratives and interactive debates, our story addresses problems of grooming, radicalisation and violent extremism.
*Now available for live and online delivery.

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What We Offer

A drama-based outreach programme for schools, colleges and community settings.
Shadow Games is a six-week PSHE resource for KS3 - 4 and a valuable tool for delivering the Prevent Duty for Schools. The project has been recognised nationally in Prevent Success Stories (Oct 2021).

With guidance from PSHE Association and Home Office, Shadow Games delivers across all three core strands: Health and Wellbeing, Relationships and Living in the Wider World.


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Our Approach

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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Live Delivery

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From January 2022

For our live deliveries, Second Wave facilitators will visit your setting and offer screening of the Shadow Games film followed by a workshop and debate session with your pupils. Our team will comply with your organisation's safety protocols.

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More about Live Delivery

With live delivery, we arrange a suitable date to come to you.
Our facilitators will conduct warm-up exercises followed by a screening of the Shadow Games film to a group of 15-150 students. Following the screening, they will lead the courtroom workshop and debate session deliberating on the trial facing the characters. Our team employs skillful interaction with small group activities and interactive presentations.
Each session lasts 90 - 120 minutes and will include all online resources for you to carry on classroom activities.
We provide teacher guidance notes too, that will help you structure Shadow Games within your curriculum needs. Just get in touch to see how Shadow Games can work for you.

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Virtual Delivery

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Available now

Our virtual delivery package is fully flexible and comes with everything you need to run succesful sessions. Book for a time that suits you to receive teacher's guidance notes, lesson plans, films, interactive workbooks and full support.

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More about Virtual Delivery

This model provides you with access to all our online resources for 6 weeks.
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. Personalised downloadable PDFs available for each pupil, teachers receive extensive guidance notes and lesson plans that connect with PSHE outcomes.
Just get in touch to tell us your requirements and we will do the rest.

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"Students really enjoyed being the jurors and deciding where they were guilty or not."
Nicole Small, Harris City Academy Crystal Palace


"Brilliant, original, engaging workshop by Second Wave Youth Arts on the issues around vulnerability and extremism!"
Woodbridge High School


"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


"I like the effects the show had. Every character is good at acting. Verdict was not fair."
Student, Newcity 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."
Central Foundation


Find out more

Shadow Games has toured extensively across London and delivered virtually to 6 London boroughs reaching thousands of young people during unprecedented times.

Our innovative model helps students and teachers discuss complex issues in ways that resonate with the community and create lasting engagement and develop critical thinking skills.

Our friendly team is always on hand to answer any questions and lend expert support where needed.

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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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