Drama helps to teach about relationships

BLACKPOOL Sixth students have been finding out about identity issues as part of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender month.

The Tangled Web Theatre company performed a powerful monologue called ‘Tuesdays at Tesco’s’ about a transgender female called Pauline and her experiences of how society reacts to her.

The play’s central issues about identity and being transgender are educationally relevant for religious, ethics and philosophy students who study transgender issues as part of their A level syllabus.

Performing arts and theatre students also gained valuable insights into equality and diversity issues.

Matt Jones, drama and theatre studies teacher said: “It was a really interesting and well performed piece.

“Often plays about identity focuses on personal struggle in society.

“This focused on someone who was happy and content in themselves about their identity and it was about the world around them and others who had an issue which was really interesting.”

LGBT staff co-ordinator Julie Halliwell added: “It’s really important to highlight different issues in society and this play is about being accepted, in whatever capacity.

“I first watched the play at the Grand Theatre Studio last year and it really deserves a wider audience.”

Tangled Web Theatre hopes to gain funding to enable the play to be shown on a wider scale in schools across the country.