‘Pornography is having an increasing impact on the lives of young people. Not just young men but women as well.’ – Headteacher, The Holt School.
What is ‘Object’?
‘Object’ is a theatre presentation and workshop that explores some of the issues around pornography. It was inspired directly by discussions, feedback and concerns young people had raised during Soulscape REAL lessons. Young people say that pornography is an aspect of modern life that affects their lives and challenges the quality of their relationships. It’s not an easy topic to step into, but we felt convicted to respond.
How does ‘Object’ work?
‘Object’ performance and workshop lasts around one hour, has minimal set-up requirements and can be presented easily in a school hall. Four professional actors lead the audience through a thought-provoking exploration of issues that surround pornography. The piece incorporates real-life stories and interviews, and gives an honest presentation of facts. ‘Object’ is designed to empower young people to make informed decisions for themselves. The performance took six months to research and devise and has already been presented to several hundred young people receiving very positive feedback.
What is different about ‘Object’?
Object deals with pornography openly and honestly when very few people will talk about the subject with young people at all. ‘Object’ is designed to develop over time in response to young people’s concerns. We actively invite young people to contribute stories, scenes, art-work and poems for inclusion. We believe it is vital to listen to their views and to incorporate current thinking so that the presentation remains relevant and meaningful.
Why is ‘Object’ important?
Pornography is widely accessible. A large number of young people are turning to it to learn about relationships and sex, yet pornography does not promote relationship, can lead to unrealistic expectations that cannot be met and introduces confusion into the area of sexual consent. As a society, we need to be talking about this. ‘Object’ encourages open discussion. It sheds light on some of the issues, invites young people to consider the facts and encourages them to reflect on the way they view relationships.
‘Our students were fully absorbed and engaged during the Object presentation.’ – Head of RE, Forest School