Onoff stage

28th November 1997 at 00:00
A unique theatre project which delves into racial harassment and bullying is touring 40 primary schools in Tower Hamlets. Developed by the NSPCC and Redbridge Drama Centre, Before the City is based on children's experiences of racism in the playground and in the streets. Aimed at 11-year-olds, it is accompanied by a teachers' resource pack for pre- and post- performance activities and discussion. NSPCC project manager Monowara Bakht says: "The aim is to show that bullying is not acceptable ." The production runs until mid-December, and the NSPCC hopes to tour it in other London boroughs next year. For details ring the NSPCC media office on 0171 825 2711.

Arc Theatre Ensemble is touring its second play in a campaign to kick racism out of football. Clifford Oliver's Ooh Ah Showab Khan exposes the prejudices against Asian British players held by the football establishment . The show tours schools and community venues nationally until spring. For details, contact Arc Theatre on 0181 594 1095.

Prospero on stilts, Miranda in a mini and a pair of Ariels star in Leeds Girls' High School and Leeds Grammar's The Tempest on December 2-4 in the Elinor Lupton Centre, Leeds. Ring Pamela Hutley, head of drama, for details on 0113 274 4000.

And for something even more exotic: Action Transport Theatre presents Neil Duffield's version of The Arabian Nights. The young people's touring theatre company based in the North-West will be transporting audiences into the world of Sheherazade , accompanied by Matthew Baker's original score. The show tours arts venues in Crewe, Ellesmere Port, Widnes, Neston and Winsford from now until mid-January. For more information, ring 0151 357 2120.

Here's an odd one: a theatre-in-education piece about RSI (repetitive strain injury). Bunny Martin - a specialist in the treatment of RSI who retrieved my own tortured body from the jaws of hell on several occasions -and Andrew Stocker, a project director for the English Shakespeare Company as well as a TIE practitioner, have joined forces to create a theatre piece to raise children's awareness of how to use computers properly in order to avoid the risk of damage. Called the Body Action Campaign, it highlights new European legislation placing legal responsibilities on school governing bodies to ensure pupils are protected from the risks of computer use. To find out more, ring or fax Bunny Martin on 0181 682 2154.

Bristol-based Storybox Theatre brings its version of Hans Christian Andersen's The Tin Soldier to The Tricycle Theatre in Kilburn on December 6 for two performances. For details, ring the Tricycle box office on 0171 226 1787.

Soundbites and Spindoctors is not a satire on New Labour, but a Bournemouth Theatre in Education programme looking at attitudes and bias in the media. Presented with a lottery-winning family, the student audience took on the role of trainee journalists who have to create a spin to boost newspaper sales. It was designed to complement media studies at key stages 3 and 4. For news of Bournemouth TIE's future programmes, ring the administrator on 01202 395759.


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