If You're Seeing This: A New Work On Trauma-Informed Education
Crooked House Theatre Company has been commissioned by Maynooth University's Department of Education to make a 20 minute piece about the impact of trauma on young people in school settings.
It is for an online conference featuring the renowned physician Gabor Maté, which is aimed at teachers and other educational professionals, and already has over 1,500 attendees registered.
The conference, called "Where the Light Enters: Hope and healing through trauma-informed education" focuses on identifying the signs, symptoms and causes of trauma in children and young adults through the lens of educators. It is about understanding how children and young adults can experience trauma and how this can manifest in their behaviour, whether it be at home or at school.
Kildare Youth Theatre, under Crooked House Theatre Company was chosen to open the conference with a short, pre-recorded 20 minute drama piece which will be shown to all attendees. It is currently being devised, and features the collaboration of our older volunteers with some of our younger members in the Touchstone and Caliban workshops.
Called If You're Seeing This, the piece looks at the traumatic experiences of three children and how it impacts their day-to-day living in school. The piece is aimed to be educational, raising awareness and subscribes to the idea that all behaviour is a sign of communication, whether it be 'good' or 'bad' behaviour.