Young Friends inspired by theatre trip

Last weekend a group of young people got together to see Acts of Resistance, at Bristol Old Vic as part of the Youth Development Project in the south west. We were drawn to this performance as we’ve been exploring social and environmental issues, and looking at what we can do to effect change.

‘Headlong Futures’, who produced the show, ‘set out to unearth the stories behind [social] fractures and ask how we can work together across generations, across backgrounds and across the nation…towards a renewed… collective vision, which looks at what we have inherited and what we are willing to leave behind’.

It was an inspirational production which did all this, and more. It gave voices to often unheard communities and individuals, explored themes including unfair strategic recruitment by the armed forces, fracking, personal motivations for social action and the power of collective action.

We were taken aback by just how apt the performance was and chuckled quietly to ourselves at the stereotypical Quaker in the performance. He quietly and courageously stood for social justice and called his dog ‘Hope’… just so he could shout ‘Hope!’ loudly in public!

Young Friends said they felt moved by the performance and one described it as ‘spine tingling’. Another said it made them feel closer to older generations – they realised that not everyone gets more conservative as they age and that people of all ages are concerned with the same issues from different perspectives.

We’re looking forward to meeting again and looking at how we can take inspiration from this performance to take action in our own lives and communities.

If you are 11-18 years old and live in Bristol, Bath or the surrounding areas (or know someone who is) and interested in getting involved with the Quaker Youth activities, please get in touch with our youth worker, Kirsty on kirstyp@quaker.org.uk


The Quaker Youth Project meets monthly for a social action group. Our next meetings are Friday 26thApril, 17thMay, 28thJune and 19thJuly. For more information, please get in touch!

submitted by Kirsty Philbrick

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