Wembley drama school stages play to help vulnerable children in Jamaica

A play at Copland Community School raised money for vulnerable children in Jamaica

A play at Copland Community School raised money for vulnerable children in Jamaica - Credit: Archant

A fusion of Biblical stories set the scene for a play staged at a Wembley school in aid of vulnerable children in Jamaica.

Twelve eight to 12 year-olds joined the Summer School Drama Club at Copland Community School and performed ‘Let it Play’, following three weeks of rehearsals.

The play, led by Copland’s lead learning mentor and drama therapist Judy Harrison, included storytelling, dancing, singing, puppetry and a television-style mock-up of a chat show.

Miss Harrison said: “By the end of the programme children not only had fun, but were able to appreciate all that they have and take for granted.

“They gained more confidence in being able to perform to the public on a big stage and having the humble satisfaction of knowing that they are making a difference to other children’s lives.”

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The summer school is part of Miss Harrison’s fundraising initiative, Five Loaves, inspired by her 2012 visit to Jamaica where she delivered a brief intervention of drama therapy to a group of vulnerable girls in a Place of Safety establishment in the parish of Trelawny.

Moved by their stories of abuse, Judy set up the non-profit organisation Five Loaves on her return to the UK.

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With the support of the Christian Community Centre in north Wembley, she has since coordinated a variety of fundraising events to raise cash so resources can be purchased and shipped to Jamaica later this year.

‘Let it Play’ raised £210 in donations for Five Loaves.

Miss Harrison would like to thank Copland School’s senior leadership team for its dedicated support to Five Loaves.

Visit: www.Facebook.com/FiveJALoaves

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