working with young people and their voices
the displaced issue
The Displaced Issue Project worked with young single homeless across Glasgow from 1991-1993. Funded by local government and relevant organisations we were supported by the Homeless Unit, the Hamish Allen Centre and YMCA.
who we worked with
Young people aged between 16 – 18 attended weekly drama and personal development workshops. These young people by their very nature have recurring problem’s, being a transitory group moving from one type of accommodation to another often loosing contact with those agencies who were previously supporting them. Finding permanent and satisfactory accommodation is their priority and consequently classes, training programmes and and long term commitment to outside project is often very low down in their priorities and beyond their capabilities to sustain.
what we did
We worked with a group of about 12 young people over the series of workshops and were very impressed with their commitment to weekly classes. We noticed a steady increase in confidence as they not only made friends through the sessions but also developed skills in drama and theatre production. Trust and confidence grew as their drama skills developed . At the beginning, speaking, telling stories and acting in front of others was difficult for them, at the end of two years of workshops they were able to devise, write and perform a piece of work about their own issues of homelessness to a Mayfest audience and received great critical acclaim
Scotland on Sunday 16 May 1993
The Displace Issue started out as a series of workshops, something for these teenagers and young adults to do. it became a 40 minutes show about homeless, which disproportionately affects this age-group, presented with a a visual flair which would put many professionals to shame.
young people 11-14 attended weekly drama and arts classes in Elder Park, Govan, Creative games, arts, mask making and improvisation supported personal development and communication skills.
An arts exhibition of work created and 2 small theatre pieces were produced by the young people and performed to a home audience.