Hill is a unit for pregnant teenagers and mothers who have been
forced out of mainstream education because of their pregnancy.
of the pupils from the school have been working with Wolverhampton
playwright Arzhang Pezhman for the last six months and their plays
will now performed by professional actors at The REP on Wednesday
23 June as part of the theatre's young writers festival, Transmissions.
is a course for young writers led by professional writers, directors
Pezhman, who has had his plays performed at the Rep and at the Royal
Court Theatre, says of the scheme with Batmans Hill:
of the girls had never been to theatre before, so the whole experience
for them has been a real eye-opener. I think people would automatically
assume that because of their situation there would be some unwillingness
to take part, but this has been far from the truth.
produced some fantastic scripts, some of which have been inspired
by their lives and relationships, but not all have been gritty domestic
dramas. One girl has written a very naturalistic piece about superstition.
The whole process has been an extremely beneficial education and
creative opportunity for the pupils and, I know they can't wait
to see their work on stage."
schools taking part in the Rep's young writers outreach scheme are
Heartlands High School, Swanshurst Girls' School and Handsworth