MAF has created and developed a programme of drama educational workshops called “Stay Safe” which is currently being taken into secondary schools.
We have developed a film script from a highly successful stage play called “One of Our Ain” written by our founder Sandra Brown. It is virtual theatre in that the actress is the person who actually experienced what is dramatized. Adapted from her best selling book “Where There is Evil” (Pan Macmillan), it is based on Sandra’s own childhood and involvement in a real life situation - the tragic abduction of 11 year old Moira Anderson from Coatbridge in 1957- which is now likely Scotland’s longest unsolved cold case. The play deals with family relationships, betrayal, domestic violence, murder, paedophiles in the community and the damage they cause, and the lasting impact on victims and families over generations. The play has toured overseas, mostly recently New York, and has received superb feedback including:
From the play, we have created a DVD of significant quality also called “One of Our Ain.” Filmed by Scope Productions Ltd, its premiere is in November 2010. The DVD is available to purchase from the charity at a cost of £10.00.
We now provide a teaching resource pack of interest to schools, churches, youth organizations, etc, as well as colleges, universities and child protection agencies, which includes the DVD, a CD of music from the play, and guidelines to help trainers and teachers exploring issues raised in the play. The suggested guidelines assist discussions on this form of drama, on language, on power and on community safety. The pack has leaflets and materials to promote engagement with important personal issues, relating to citizenship, and to individuals personally taking responsibility.
Sandra’s bestseller and also the script of her play are included in THE STAY SAFE PACK which is now available from MAF, priced £65.
We believe it will go a long way to promote awareness of personal safety to schools and also to groups that may wish to have child protection higher on their agenda, or who would welcome having the issues explored more fully at a very practical level.
The Project is unique and has received a lot of praise for its innovative approach as it works on a number of levels, and delivers a thought provoking and down to earth way of ensuring difficult topics are covered without sensationalism or scaring people.
The resource pack is available to appropriate groups and organisations. If you are interested please contact us for further information.