VIC WRITING & PERMORMING A PLAY : « 3 STRANGERS AND YET »29 juil. 2022
First of all, the students discovered 3 works of different kinds: “ Le carnet de Léon” (2020), an educational tool based on the values of Dunkirk, an interactive collection based on the testimony of an 11-year-old Dunkirk resident when the Second World War broke out ; “Parvana, Une enfance en Afghanistan” (2017) : an animated film that tells the story of an 11 year old girl, Parvana, in Kabul, under the Taliban regime: her life was turned upside down the day her father was arrested, she decided to disguise herself as a boy to help her family ; “Morte parmi les vivants” (2003), a testimony by Iranian journalist FreidouneSahebjam about a young Afghan peasant girl, Bilqis, who was raped at the age of 12 by Soviet soldiers, rejected by her family, sold, raped, until she was rescued by a European NGO . They looked for the common point between the 3 main characters : 3 children who lived through the war. Then they were divided into 6 groups : each group worked on the common points between the 3 heroes based on a topic : stolen childoods, destruction and deprivation, suppression of all forms of freedom, eternal violence, human values, international solidarity. Then, they wrote a playlet in the form of their choice (dialogues, monologues, dances, ...) and they staged it with an actor/director from the Dunkirk theatre "Le Bateau feu", they looked for music or songs adapted to their topic and found a title for their show. One student also created a poster for the show. Finally they performed their show twice : a first time in the gymnasium of the high school during the week of reception of their correspondents, a second time in the theatre "Le Bateau feu" in front of their teachers and their families.
The students discovered the life of a child from Dunkirk during the Second World War and were able to become aware of the commonalities between all children who suffer from war, regardless of the country or time in which they live. They were also able to become aware of the values defended by the European Union, in particular peace, equality between men and women and respect for human dignity. Finally, they developed their self-confidence thanks to the theatre workshops, as well as their individual creativity serving a collective work.