Isolation to Radicalisation is an interactive forum theatre performance and workshop using professional actors and specialist facilitators to explore key issues around radicalisation.
This particular performance focuses on media influence, male radicalisation, hate crime and Islamophobia. It explores people inspired by the extreme ‘far right’ and also Daesh or I.S.
* Odd Arts is an alumni of the US Embassy Exchange on Countering Violent Extremism, and continues to deliver Embassy commissioned work. We were commissioned to present live at EU Parliament’s International conference on preventing extremism and have been contributors for RAN presentations (Radicalisation Awareness Network) as well as many more local and national networks. We have vast experience in wider issues relating more broadly to risk of radicalisation, including: Additional Needs; Domestic/partner abuse; Sexual assault & consent; Knife crime; Exploitation & Mental Health.
All our radicalisation prevention offers have two or three delivery models to ensure they are safe, accessible and appropriate for people within more complex settings such as PRUs, SEN schools, criminal justice or mental health settings, or for people with lived experience of trauma or increased vulnerability.
Enhance understanding of how isolation and marginalisation increases vulnerability
Highlight how organised radical groups can influence, groom and exploit
Increase confidence in terminology and speaking about issues related to radicalisation
Explore the issues that could lead to marginalisation and radicalisation
Highlight warning signs and triggers for radicalised (and other high risk) behaviour
Provide ideas and guidance of how to help someone at risk of radicalisation
Increase conflict resolution skills
Increase critical thinking skills
The workshop is 60 to 90 minutes long and can be repeated up to 5 times per day
This workshop is suitable for years 7-10
This workshop can be delivered as part of a longer-term project responding to the themes in the performance
Costs depend on:
Additional / specific requirements of partner
Evaluation depth / requirements
Number of preparatory meetings required
Requests for additional staff
Number of actors
Between £650 to £1,100 per half day and £880 and £1,600 per full day. All costs include lead facilitators, actors and evaluation.
For our other workshop on radicalisation please see Blame & Belonging – Radicalisation
The workshop involves interactive debate and discussion exercises and engagement with the actors in performance in order to search for solutions.
There is a post-performance discussion to explore triggers, warning signs and vulnerabilities and signposting to available support services.
”Stand up for what's right. Detect hate crime & be a good listener.”
”Treat everyone equally & I don't leave anyone out.”
”I will be kinder.”
”I heard stuff like this a couple of times and it’s a real thing. The play cannot get any more real. It's down to the point and shows what it needs to.”
"To challenge but not shut down difficult conversations.”
"It taught me to listen to people carefully without judgement.”
”It helped me understand what options are available if you’re feeling isolated.”
"Our Year 9 and 10 students were visited by Odd Arts to watch a powerful and memorable piece of theatre. The play allowed our students to watch how radical thoughts and feelings can spiral out of control and how vulnerable some young people are. The play was well acted and it was clear that a lot of thought, care and research had gone into this piece to ensure that our students are educated and made aware of the dangers around them. The workshop after the play allowed our students to consolidate their understanding and voice their own opinions through the form of forum theatre and it really did give them a chance to explore how this situation could have been prevented.”
Become A Participant
You can self-refer to some of our ongoing community projects and sessions.
We deliver FREE workshops at our base in Moss Side Powerhouse. We welcome and support young carers, and participants with additional needs.