*NEW* Educational Materials

The Croydon Avengers - Superhero Refugees Educational Resources

For Refugee Week 2018 we have partnered with Maya Productions to create a resource pack on superhero refugees!

"It will get [young people] thinking about the role of the media in the way people view each other and issues surrounding race, homophobia, and Islamophobia." - Teacher, Tower Hamlets

This series of suggested activities for both Primary and Secondary school supplement Maya Production's newest play, The Croydon Avengers, by Oladipo Agboluaje. The play draws inspiration from a cross-arts participatory project that Maya Production ran with young people and refugees in Croydon, South London.

The Croydon Avengers is specifically aimed at young audiences (age 8-14) and its unique style blends comic book visuals with action-packed martial arts to tell a funny, powerful story of terrorists threats, heroism and true friendship in an England that seems frightened of anyone who's different.

The educational resources can be used in conjunction with the play or independently to engage students with topics such as identity, discrimination and media presentation. These activities are interdisciplinary and can be used to support learning within subjects such as English, Citizenship, PSHE, Drama, Arts and Design, and Media Studies.

Prior to seeing the play, engage your students with this Introductory Exercise and a Philosophy for Children (P4C) lesson, to be used alongside our comic illustrated by Shane Melisse.

After seeing the play, download the interdisciplinary creative activities below. Different resources are available for Primary and Secondary school.

We would like to thank teachers at Central Foundation Girls School and St Anthony's Catholic Primary School for contributing to the creation of these educational resources.

WHAT IS THE PLAY ABOUT?

Regina Rump is on the rampage! A trio of masked vigilantes send Croydon's crime rate plummeting. They've run away from their war-torn homes and are just trying to help. But Regina's not happy about it.

She orders her media outlet, 'Rump News', to unmask the trio and get them off the streets. Are they terrorists? Criminals? Either way, she thinks they're a threat to British identity.

Then a freak accident at the Gatwick deportation centre gives the trio powers beyond their wildest dreams. Can three teenage refugees really become the saviours of a doomed nation?

WHEN CAN YOU SEE IT?

The Croydon Avengers will be touring from June 14 2018.

Dates and Venues

14 - 16 June - Harrogate Theatre

19 - 23 June - Ovalhouse

29 June & 1 July - Blue Elephant Theatre

Bring you mobile along to the play!

The Croydon Avengers is presented in a co-production with Ovalhouse and Harrogate Theatre and in association with LittleMighty. Supported using public funding from the National Lottery through Arts Council England, Croydon Council, Teale Charitable Trust and Newcomen Collett Foundation.

 

We want to learn from you and are very grateful for any feedback you might have.       

Please email us at info@whycomics.org to share your feedback.


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