Whisper Me Happy Ever After
Whisper Me Happy Ever After
Written by Julie McNamara & Face Front Inclusive Theatre.
Years 5 and 6.
Up to 90 pupils per show, two shows per day.
The play follows a family experiencing domestic abuse and explores the effects on the mental health of children who witness it. It is both humorous and disturbing.
The audience share lots of practical and emotional thinking about what they could do in a similar situation.
After the theatre piece, pupils interact with the characters and consider what they could have done to get the help they needed and deserved.
Subsequently, pupils can talk to our counsellor and team members to discuss personal issues raised by the play.
- To improve the emotional health and wellbeing of people aged 9 - 11 years old and up to 19 in special schools.
- To develop strategies for dealing with violence in the home to increase resilience, reduce stress, improve general emotional wellbeing and school attendance.
- To raise awareness about domestic violence, teaching peer support skills and informing children about how to get help and support.
- To prevent future domestic abuse by confronting the emotional and legal consequences.
90 minutes, including the workshop, plus at least a further 30 minutes for audience members to disclose and discuss problems if they wish.
A hall to perform the show and hall or meeting room/class room for disclosures following the play.
We provide a teacher’s pack of ideas and sign-posting information, a poster for the school and cards with information about help for all pupils.
Six people – four actors, a facilitator and a qualified counsellor.
The show was developed in 2012 with more than 300 disabled and non-disabled children and young people, teachers, support groups and victims of domestic, abuse along with writer Julie McNamara and director Annie Smol.
The programme has toured across North and West London every year, reaching up to 3500 young people per tour.
When C, a child, saw Face Front’s production about domestic abuse in her school, she was brave enough to come and talk to our counsellor afterwards. She explained about the living hell that she was experiencing and the violence she was witnessing and receiving. Her disclosure was immediately taken up with the school and the very next day, from the child she had been with stooped shoulders, flinching at the slightest thing, she was able to skip into school, having been given the support she needed and deserved.
‘I feel like a weight has been lifted from my shoulders, you literally saved my life. I never would have spoken out without seeing your play and knowing there were others like me.’
The development was funded by Enfield Council, Camden Council, Haringey Council, John Lyon’s Charity and Tottenham Grammar School Foundation.
The response from pupils and teachers alike demonstrates the urgent need to tackle this issue.
Approximately 250+ young people during each tour make disclosures about their own problems at home and are helped by close liaison with school child protection officers, support groups and the Local authorities.