Object 2021: Y10 open up about porn

Object 2021: Y10 open up about porn

In recent weeks we teamed up with theatre students from Artemis College to bring ‘Object’ to local secondary schools.

‘Object’ is an innovative film and workshop designed to create honest discussion around the effects of porn.

We’re really proud to be creating space for these important conversations; this topic is huge for our young people but can often feel difficult for teachers, parents, and teenagers themselves to talk about.

The theatre students’ film was fantastic, and well-received by the young people. Its combination of drama and facts really opened up the discussion time afterwards.

What Year 10s said:

“The team were easy to talk to on what can be quite a taboo subject.”

“I’d recommend it for next year’s Year 10s.”

What the Artemis performers said:

“I felt all the students really respected us and listened to what we had to say, the kids also gave some great opinions and were willing to listen to opinions different to their own. They also had a lot of interesting questions which added to the discussion.”

“I had an enjoyable time working on ‘Object’. I thought the piece was incredibly informative and shone a great light on a sensitive topic.”

What the schools thought:

“The boys really liked the group work and the film – the facts on the side and use of media was clever and modern.” – The Forest School

“Thank you for coming in. The pupils were really engaged, which is good given there was some important content.” – The Emmbrook School

“We were really impressed with it and thought the team were fantastic!” – St Crispin’s School

“Fun and informative, and the team were polite and engaging.” – Garth Hill College

By young people, for young people

We love having the Artemis College students – aged 16-19 – working with us on this project. They bring their own experience and perspective to the performance, updating and improving it year on year. These slightly older teenagers have credibility and the respect of the Year 10 audience which makes for an open and honest discussion time.

The impact of porn on this generation is sadly not likely to go away any time soon. We’ll aim to take ‘Object’ on tour again next year, making much-needed discussion space and helping to equip our young people to navigate the issues.

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