Welcome to our Storytelling Highlights, this where we share what we’ve seen, heard or read about and would like to share with you. This week’s highlights span TV, theatre and radio, charity, video storytelling and more. So it’s time to put the kettle on, grab a pair of headphones and enjoy.
1. For Me
ChildLine has launched a new app, For Me, allowing young people to talk directly to counselors and find advice on issues like bullying. Funded by Barclays Bank the app is free to download and has features allowing children to share their moods daily and write down their thoughts and feelings. We think this is a great way to reach more young people in a way that they feel comfortable with.
2. War Child
War Child broadcast on Sunday is a new documentary from Lightbox Media putting a spotlight on child refugees fleeing conflict, from their perspectives. War Child shares the stories of three children over the course of a year. Through their eyes, and in their words, we gain a unique insight into the impact of war on vulnerable young minds.
3. My Country: a work in progress
BBC Radio 4 have produced a behind the scenes documentary, which tracks the development of Rufus Norris’ new National Theatre play My Country: a work in progress. The Radio 4 programme captures the development of the creative process for the NT’s production My Country: a work in progress. It follows the rehearsal process as Rufus Norris, Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy and designer Katrina Lindsay work with the interviewers, their material and the cast to produce a verbatim play. We have long championed the power of verbatim theatre and enjoyed listening to Alecky Blythe who has been at the forefront of verbatim work and who was our keynote speaker at #SMEX16.
4. SpeakOut TV
We met vlogger Siobhan at our annual training event the Social Media Exchange and have been following her video blogs ever since. She draws on her own experiences and work to raise awareness around child sexual abuse and highlight issues and changes that need to be made, addressing topics suggested by her followers. In this video she talks about why we need to learn from lived experience, and approaches should build upon an ethos of ‘nothing about us without us’.
5. Films for Justice
Films for Justice is a free four-week training course for filmmakers passionate about social justice from Global Justice UK. They’re looking for participants who want to use their work to drive change via social media and campaign videos. The training is designed to support people from backgrounds that are under-represented in the film-making sector, including women, people of colour, refugees and migrants, working class people, LGBT people and disabled people. Applications close Friday 24th March
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Jude and Helena the sounddelivery team