PUPILS from two Glenrothes schools are set to take part in an exciting new stage show which combines the skills of French free running with hip-hop storytelling.
‘Jump’ is a collaboration between schools, the police, arts organisation ON at Fife and the National Theatre of Scotland, which has been helping teenage boys explore the obstacles on the journey from boyhood to manhood through a nine month theatre project.
Since February, workshops have been running in Auchmuty and Glenrothes High Schools, where boys have been learning creative writing, storytelling through music and the urban movement discipline of parkour – a form of free-running originating from the council estates of northern France.
A co-production with ON at Fife, in partnership with Strathclyde Police, Jump will culminate in a series of public performances in November at Rothes Halls in Glenrothes.
The show will combine parkour with autobiographical storytelling taken from creative writing workshops led by Glasgow-based rapper and musician MC Loki and a soundtrack made with assistance from Radio 1 DJ Ally McCrae and David Weaver’s award-winning independent music promotion company Detour Scotland.
‘Jump’ promises to be physical, loud and “more like a gig than a show”, according to director Simon Sharkey.
‘Jump’ is the latest in a long line of ambitious, large-scale community projects run by the National Theatre of Scotland, often working with multiple partners, including local authorities, community groups and arts organisations, and covering a wide geographical area,
Simon Sharkey, associate director of the National Theatre of Scotland, said: “Parkour is a great way of engaging with young men.
“In all the schools we visit, we’re told how difficult it is to find role models for boys, and how difficult it can be to have them engage and express themselves.
“Parkour gives them a platform for self-expression, but allows them to physicalise it, so there’s less stigma attached.
“It also works as a metaphor for life and has a philosophy based on self-improvement, training your mind and body to be strong, and supporting the people around you.”
Lauren Barr, a drama teacher at Auchmuty High, said: “They just went for it from day one.
“It has engaged boys who are not interested in drama and see it as “uncool.”
“There have been comments like ‘I never knew this was drama’.
“It’s giving them a better perspective of what drama can be and is widening their horizons.
“I also know Jump has improved their behaviour in a lot of areas at school.’”
Tickets for the Glenrothes performance on November 28 at 7p.m. and 29 at 1p.m. and 7p.m. are now on sale at the Halls box office, telephone 611101 and through www.onfife.com.