Touring to schools as part of Theatre in Schools Scotland
TOUR EXTENDED: Performances in schools for P5 – P7 available to book now for Oct & Nov 2018. Scottish schools.
Curriculum areas: Health and Well Being, Religious and Moral Education, Social Studies
My Friend Selma presented by Terra Incognita Theatre Company is the remarkable real-life story of one girl’s journey from war in Bosnia to safety in the UK. It is the tale of an incredible journey, a world turned upside down, loss, friendship, courage and conkers. The play deals with complex issues of war, refuge and integration in a way that is accessible to young audiences.
The story is told by one performer, who plays her own character aged eight. The story is her story. All of the characters are real people and what happened to them is also true.
My Friend Selma tells the real-life story of Selma Redzepagic, who fled war in Bosnia with her family when she was eight years old. The family went on a remarkable journey to get to safety in the UK, where they lived in a disused boarding school with fifty other refugees and one British family. The story follows each challenge of their journey, as well as the experience of settling into a new country and new way of life. It also shows the day-to-day joy of friendship and playfulness, through Selma’s experience of being welcomed to the UK, and her eventually finding a new best friend.
“I would give this show 280,000 out of 5.” Erin, aged 9
Resources are available to support this production and pupils will have the opportunity to talk to the performer at the end. There is a small exhibition accompanying the performance including photographs, newspaper articles, verbatim accounts from some of the refugees who lived in the disused boarding school, and artefacts from when these refugees first arrived in the UK.
Full details including costs, trailer and teachers resources at www.theatreinschoolsscotland.co.uk
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