Fallibroome Academy is one of a small number of state schools in the UK that are members of the International Schools Theatre Association, which runs theatre festivals for young people across the world. We were excited to host our first international festival this year and on 15th of March, we welcomed young people and their teachers from France, Turkey, Malta and Ukraine for a four day festival.

The theme of the festival was “Riots and Rebels” and inspiration was drawn from a fabulous day in Manchester looking into the history of local rebels and riots that have made a long lasting impact on our lives today, with ‘pop-up’ performances by Fallibroome Senior Drama Company to bring history to life for the visiting students. A trip to The People’s Museum gave students an insight into the work of Emmeline Pankhurst and a quick visit to the Albert Hall gave a flavour of the world famous Manchester Music Scene. The inspiration day finished at Manchester Central Library, where students were drawn to the infamous Peterloo Massacre. Students were also inspired by a performance by Transitions Dance Company from the prestigious Laban Centre in London who performed a triple bill of works by leading contemporary choreographers.

Visiting students were hosted by Fallibroome families, whose generosity and warmth provided our visitors with a true flavour of northern hospitality.

We are so proud of what the students achieved this weekend. The opportunity for students from different cultures to come together to discuss, explore and and exchange their ideas and beliefs is so important and the arts provide the perfect tool for us all to understand and celebrate what connects us. The festival sharing performance was a moving experience, truly capturing the voice of these young people.

Special thanks to Desta Haile and Becky Applin, the wonderful artists that worked with the students this weekend. They did an amazing job facilitating the creative process with the students.