Our Grade 10 Drama Showcase was another thought-provoking and powerful performance. The issue for inspiration, chosen by students this year, was based on race, racism, discrimination, poverty, and intersectionality. Over a period of 3 months, students explored different forms of racism, discrimination, and disempowerment to produce a powerful play that raises awareness and challenges prejudice.
In order to create the performance, students identified the different types of racial prejudice that exist in the world. They also asked themselves more personal questions about their own thoughts and feelings towards race and racism.
“As a teacher, I have been really impressed with the maturity of our students in terms of working with this topic,” said Ms. Annie Philip, Secondary Drama Teacher at NIS. “I feel that I’ve learnt as much from them as they have from me, and I think that the play they created is very effective in raising awareness about such an important issue.”
Ms. Philip explained that although the performance doesn’t provide all the answers to these complex issues, it does send out one clear message: the importance to speak up against any racial prejudice.