Feel Alive with Purple Friday
Film and workshop with LGBTQIA+ theme (ages 15+)
Friday 9 December 2022
in collaboration with The British Council
STET is proud to partner with the British Council in the Netherlands on this new, wonderfully diverse and inclusive annual programme for secondary school students.
Students first watch a short film originating from the BFI Flare Festival and selected by the British Council under the name Five Films for Freedom on the subject of LGBTQIA+. Then they get on their feet and continue with a workshop on the themes of the film, exploring behaviour, perceptions and identity matters. In this interactive session, students are encouraged to be creative and expressive with the help of several drama exercises, lead by a professional, experienced actor.
|COST||€ 390 / 90 minute session – discounts for more than one workshop on the same day|
|DATE||Friday 9 December 2022 (or in the week leading up to Friday)|
|RUNNING TIME||90 minutes – 15 minute film and 1,25 hour workshop|
|VENUE||At your school. Classroom or hall with a screen for streaming|
|GROUP SIZE||Maximum 25 students per workshop group with 1 assistant from school.|
|LANGUAGE||English (held by native speakers)|
|ADVISED PREPARATIONS||The British Council provides the film and an Education Pack.|
What is Purple Friday?
This is a day when all students in schools can show their solidarity with the LGBTQIA+ community, simply by wearing something purple. Called “Paarse Vrijdag” in the Netherlands this event has been celebrated here since 2010 on the second Friday of December at hundreds of schools across the country.
Key areas of focus
- Using theatre games to explore identity, relationships and stereotypes
- Sexual orientation and gender issues
- Expressions of solidarity for social groups
- Unleashing participant’s creativity and empowering them
Key benefits to students
- Enjoy a colourful participation in LGBT themed day
- Growing confidence regarding their own sexuality
- Finding bonds within the community
- Safe space to share stories
- Practicing empathy skills
About the Film
Abena Taylor-Smith, 9 mins, 2018, UK
A young, black lesbian spends the day in an Afro-Caribbean hair salon. It’s full of fun, sheen spray, gossip and laughter, but how will she deal with the casual homophobia?
See Interview with Film Director Abena Taylor-Smith ↓
The British Council is the UK’s international organisation for cultural relations and educational opportunities. The British Council supports peace and prosperity by building connections, understanding and trust between people in the UK and countries worldwide through arts, culture and education in English.
What to expect at the workshop
During the interactive workshop students will have the opportunity to learn about LGBTQIA+ experiences in an international context. The workshop will also offer them a safe space to share their personal reflections and experiences. The materials made available for the programme and workshop have been carefully selected for students aged 15-18.
Your workshop leader
Workshop Leader Kaylee Good is one of our permanent actors, with whom we love to work. Kaylee holds a MA in Theatre Studies from The University of Amsterdam. She has lead many creative and immersive theatre groups. American by origin, she also teaches English EAL/ESL. She brings with her experience from an international youth camp in which she participated for STET this summer, on the same theme. We are thrilled to work with her again on this significant day.