Divided City (Renfrewshire)
Divided City explores religious tension in Scotland through a gripping tale about two Glaswegian boys, one Celtic fan, one Rangers fan, who must find their own answers in a divided world. First performed in 2011 at the Citizens Theatre, by then end of this phase of the project, over 20,000 young people, their teachers and their families will have experienced this inspiring piece of theatre and its important message of tolerance and friendship so far.
From August to November 2015, 700 pupils from denominational and non-denominational schools all over Renfrewshire will perform to 2,500 young people and adults
Funded by Scottish Government’s Safer Communities Tackling Sectarianism Fund.
Pupils and teachers from 13 Renfrewshire schools are taking part in theatre workshops, classroom lessons and performances based around the novel by Theresa Breslin. Primary 7 classes from denominational and non-denominational schools will work together in pairs over 10 weeks rehearsing the play and undertaking additional classroom sessions exploring sectarianism and its effects on their community.
Teachers will be provided with Divided City scripts and resource packs, equipping them to be able to continue to explore the issues raised in the play with their pupils and use more drama and theatre in their practice.
Parents and teachers are also encouraged to contribute to an online discussion forum hosted by Action On Sectarianism which will be available online after the project ends.